ERIC Number: EJ1002239
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2012-Dec
What Leadership Looks Like: Videos Help Aspiring Leaders Get the Picture
Clark, Lynn V.
Journal of Staff Development, v33 n6 p42-45 Dec 2012
Finding out what instructional leadership looks like is at the center of a new trend in leadership development: videos of practice. These range from minimally edited videos of a leader's own practice to highly edited clips that focus on successful leadership actions in authentic school settings. While videos of practice are widely used in teacher education, they have only recently become a critical part of leadership development training and coaching models. National programs such as New Leaders and School Leaders Network have developed expertise in ways to combine videos of practices proven to drive student gains with critical self-reflection and job-embedded application. Facilitators in these programs find that videos, when appropriately integrated into the learning experience, can be powerful tools to move school leaders' practice. Meet three facilitators of leadership development programs who use videos of practice to work with leaders at various stages of development: emerging leaders, aspiring principals, and principals. Each facilitator has extensive experience designing and developing leadership coaching and development sessions. All three direct national and regional programs and facilitate group and one-on-one sessions with school leaders. Although each facilitator uses video in different ways and for different purposes, they agree that these videos are the most effective way to prompt critical reflection about what successful leadership practice looks like. The tips and tools shared in this article represent some of the collective learning of these three facilitators and provide a starting point for trainers and coaches who are interested in using videos of practice to prompt leadership development.
Descriptors: Instructional Leadership, Leadership Training, Video Technology, Models, Coaching (Performance), Facilitators (Individuals), Principals, Expertise, Regional Programs, National Programs, Administrator Effectiveness, Reflection, Learning Experience
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