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ERIC Number: EJ811559
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Apr
Pages: 35
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 42
ISSN: ISSN-1570-0763
Professional Development for Instruction and Student Learning? A New State Policy for Administrators
Firestone, William A.; Hayes, Brian F.; Robinson, Malila N.; Shalaby, Carla
Leadership and Policy in Schools, v7 n2 p119-153 Apr 2008
Can a capacity building policy encourage school leaders to engage in professional development that will increase their focus on student achievement and understanding of instructional leadership? To explore this issue, school administrators were interviewed and a content analysis of plans for professional development generated during the first year of New Jersey's Professional Development Initiative for School Leaders was conducted. This initiative requires administrators to develop and carry out professional development plans. It calls for peer review of those plans but provides few sanctions and little support. Findings revealed that most plans intended to promote student achievement but only about a third focused on instructional issues. (Contains 6 tables and 1 note.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Adult Education
Audience: Administrators; Policymakers
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: New Jersey