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ERIC Number: ED521344
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2010
Pages: 147
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: N/A
ISBN: ISBN-978-1-1243-2538-5
Building on Successes in Principal Preparation: A Program Evaluation of the University of Washington's Danforth Educational Leadership Program
Welch, Spencer H.
ProQuest LLC, Ph.D. Dissertation, University of Washington
A central problem of practice for professional preparation programs--especially those that are well established and have developed a reputation for doing their job successfully--is to take a careful and critical look at their work at periodic intervals. It is too easy to rest on reputation. And it is also easy to ignore the evolving context for such a program's work, in which there has been a dramatic transformation of school leaders' roles, along with new understandings about the design and conduct of effective professional preparation of educational administrators. With this context firmly in view, the program evaluation reported here set out to, first, ascertain whether the Danforth Educational Leadership Program at the University of Washington, in the eyes of its graduates and their employers, was effectively providing new school leaders with the skills and capacities necessary for successful school leadership, and, second, provide recommendations to the program's faculty regarding adjustments they should consider to more effectively meet the expectations of the current environment. This program evaluation used a mixed-methods approach, comprised of a survey instrument administered to graduates of the four most recent cohorts of the program, focus group interviews of recent program graduates, and interviews of school district leaders in five districts that employ a large number of program graduates. The findings demonstrated that while the program was, in general, perceived to be effective at preparing school leaders for the majority of their current responsibilities, some areas of preparation, primarily under the domains of instructional leadership and management and operations, needed fundamental improvement. This evaluation write up discusses the implications of these findings that advert programmatic adjustments, and discusses modifications that have already been implemented as well as those scheduled for implementation in the coming year. [The dissertation citations contained here are published with the permission of ProQuest LLC. Further reproduction is prohibited without permission. Copies of dissertations may be obtained by Telephone (800) 1-800-521-0600. Web page:]
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Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Doctoral Dissertations
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Washington