ERIC Number: EJ917563
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010
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Shared Leadership at Its Best
Portin, Bradley S.
Principal, v89 n5 p22 May-Jun 2010
Many school systems recognize that principals need instructional leadership partners because a principal's work is too large and complex for a lone, heroic individual. During the past several years, researchers from the Center for Teaching and Policy at the University of Washington have examined how principals are leading teaching and learning in some of the nation's most challenging urban contexts. The study, supported by The Wallace Foundation, was an in-depth look at 15 elementary and secondary schools in four urban districts across the U.S. that are making progress in improving student learning outcomes. The authors of the study, "Leadership for Learning Improvement in Urban Schools," found that districts have shifted from a model where the principal is the sole instructional leader to broader team-based approaches to leading teaching and learning where the principal leads instructional teams. In the schools in this study, this most often entails a growing cadre of teacher leaders and new capabilities from the principals who work with them. Preparation programs must reconsider how they will help aspiring principals learn these skills and develop the attitudes that prioritize shared leadership over singular leadership. This article presents seven areas that especially require instructional teamwork.
Descriptors: Urban Schools, Secondary Schools, Teacher Leadership, Instructional Leadership, Principals, Elementary Secondary Education, Elementary Schools, Partnerships in Education, Teamwork
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Identifiers - Location: United States