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ERIC Number: EJ752273
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2006
Pages: 4
Abstractor: ERIC
ISSN: ISSN-0276-928X
Inside the Journal of an Administrator: Aspiring Administrators Learn to Reflect
Contich, Michelle
Journal of Staff Development, v27 n3 p43-46 Sum 2006
Journaling is an integral part of staff development because it allows individuals to consider their own learning thoughtfully and it also helps participants analyze their own and other's thought processes and think about how one thinks and learns. This article features Williamson County Schools in Franklin, Tennessee, which created an academy to "grow" their own future administrators equipped with the knowledge, skills, and beliefs to create a high-achieving learning environment. The district embeds writing for professional learning in its leadership academy, with positive results. Using journals to record essential information and reactions throughout the academy, the academy participants recorded their new learning, understanding, and actions taken toward the project. Participants also created a digital portfolio to structure their reflection and track their work. The journey through the projects and their reflections on the effort helped enlighten these administrators as they learned together the importance of collegial conversations, data collection and analysis, research-based decision making, and journaling.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Education; Elementary Secondary Education; High Schools; Middle Schools; Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Tennessee