ERIC Number: EJ1000080
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2012-Dec
Reference Count: N/A
Planting My Flag as a Leader of Learning
MacGregor, Robert R.
School Administrator, v69 n11 p34-38 Dec 2012
As the superintendent of a school district, how do you establish yourself as a leader of learning? This question was paramount to the author as he began his first year as superintendent in Kelso, a 5,000-student district in southwestern Washington. He wanted his staff and all stakeholders to know he was serious about instructional improvement and about making a difference for all children, but that he would also honor and build off the good work of the past. He devised a few strategies within weeks of starting the job to strengthen the culture of learning in the district. In doing so, he identified three key focus areas for his work as a district-level leader of learning: (1) defining and supporting instructional leadership; (2) grounding myself in transformational practice; and (3) implementing a systemwide cycle of inquiry. This article describes how the author adopts a "cycle of inquiry" as he guides his district's instructional leadership development.
Descriptors: Superintendents, Public Schools, Instructional Leadership, Instructional Improvement, Communication (Thought Transfer), Professional Development, Transformative Learning, Inquiry
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Washington