ERIC Number: EJ827862
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Jan
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 15
Instructional Leadership in Practice: What Does It Look Like, and What Influence Does It Have?
Graczewski, Cheryl; Knudson, Joel; Holtzman, Deborah J.
Journal of Education for Students Placed at Risk, v14 n1 p72-96 Jan 2009
Literature on school reform has emphasized the need for principals to expand beyond their traditionally administrative role and become instructional leaders. This article examines the relationship between the practice of site-based instructional leadership and the professional development that teachers received in the context of a district-wide reform effort in San Diego City Schools. Using data from teacher surveys and school-based interviews, we find a connection between aspects of principal instructional leadership (coherent school-wide vision and leaders' engagement in instructional improvement) and selected research-based characteristics of effective teacher professional development (coherence and focus on content and curriculum). We conclude by addressing some of the tensions and limitations associated with a particular vision for site-based instructional leadership. (Contains 2 tables, 2 figures, and 3 footnotes.)
Descriptors: School Restructuring, Instructional Improvement, Teacher Surveys, Educational Change, Professional Development, Instructional Leadership, Alignment (Education), Interviews, Case Studies, Goal Orientation, Educational Planning, Strategic Planning, Change Strategies
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education; High Schools
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: California