ERIC Number: EJ853232
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2004
Reference Count: 8
Leaders for Learning: A Collaborative Learning Process
Dalton, Margaret R.
AASA Journal of Scholarship & Practice, v1 n1 p14-18 Spr 2004
The Missouri Professors of Educational Administration (MPEA) initiated the Leaders for Learning project to create technology based instructional materials aligned with the standards of the Interstate School Leadership Licensure Consortium (ISLLC). With funding from the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE), faculty from 14 institutions that prepare school leaders formed annual cohorts to collaborate on the development of vignettes, case studies and problem-based learning modules to prepare aspiring principals. Since the program's inception in 1999, it has expanded to include the development of an adjunct faculty-training module; portfolio frameworks and scoring guides; and instructional materials focused on the superintendency. While forming a learning community was not the original intent of the Leaders for Learning project, it was the end result. During the 1999 to 2000 school year, faculty from Missouri institutions volunteered to meet for five one-day workshops to develop instructional materials to prepare school leaders to focus on the knowledge, dispositions, and performances needed to become successful administrators centered on student learning. Out of the rich and substantive discussions and collaborative learning during the first two years of Leaders for Learning, a strong foundation was built that has allowed a learning community to develop and to grow. Beginning in 1995, MPEA sponsored a series of conversations among practicing administrators, state agencies such as the DESE, university faculty and professional organizations. Out of the conversations among various stakeholders, MPEA developed program recommendations for preparing school leaders. The recommendations focused on three areas: (1) foundational; (2) theoretical; and (3) operational. This article provides a summary of the knowledge, understanding, and problem solving capacity that evolved as necessary for school leaders.
Descriptors: Elementary Secondary Education, Educational Administration, Learning Modules, Principals, Management Development, Administrator Education, Instructional Materials, Material Development, Communities of Practice, Case Method (Teaching Technique), Technology Integration, Instructional Design
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Adult Education; Elementary Secondary Education
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Missouri