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Saturday, November 19 • 11:00am - 12:10pm
Partnerships for Improvement

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Defining Teacher Leadership in Context: Lessons From an Elementary Partnership School. Cynthia L. Carver, Oakland University

How do teachers perceive their new leadership role when a school is intentional about hiring teacher leaders? Through participant self-report and on-site observation, this case study examined one school’s efforts to embrace a “teacher leadership by design” model. Study findings suggest that two competing definitions of teacher leadership emerged. The paper traces this development, examines the dilemmas that resulted, and concludes with recommendations for schools that wish to embrace teacher leadership as a school-wide model.

Re-Envisioning Leadership Development in Rural Schools: An Examination of Social Capital Development Within Research–Practice Partnerships. Hans Klar, Clemson University; Kristin Shawn Huggins, Washington State University; Robin Phelps-Ward, Clemson University; Julie Kelly Desmangles, Clemson University; Frederick C. Buskey, Clemson University

In this paper, we examine how social capital was developed among the members of a steering committee in a research–practice partnership between a university-based educational leadership program and a 12-district consortium of rural, high-poverty schools. Our ndings illustrate how the committee’s diverse composition, open communication, and shared goals contributed to the successful implementation of a long-term, job-embedded leadership development initiative. The findings have important implications for overcoming partnership-related challenges to address problems of practice.

Re-Envisioning Principal Preparation Programs: Leadership Faculty Glean From University–District Partnerships. Fernando Valle, Irma Laura Almager, Vanessa Deleon, Dusty Palmer (Texas Tech University)

This qualitative study focused on the development of human capital and the school leadership pipeline through a university–district collaboration for aspiring administrators. The highly selective Principal Fellows program utilized competency shaping feedback through principal mentors and leadership faculty to develop instructional coaching skills for teacher development and student achievement. The learning leveraged from leadership faculty provided platforms to use equity audits and student data centered frameworks to produce highly qualified and job-ready aspiring administrators.

Partnering for Improvement: How District and School Leaders Conceptualize District Reform. Jennie Weiner, Sarah Woulfin, Morgaen Donaldson (University of Connecticut)

This qualitative study examines how one district initiative, termed the Improving Performance Agenda (IPA), aimed at motivating changes its lowest performing schools, came to be understood by district and school leaders. Conceptualizations of IPA varied among district and school leaders. As a result, though both groups associated some positive outcomes to IPA, there seemed to be a general lack of integration between IPA and other improvement efforts, leading to questions regarding the policy’s potential ef cacy.

Developing and Sustaining the Gulf Coast Partnership: Possibilities, Successes, and Challenges. William Black, John Mann, Joyce Haines (University of South Florida)

We describe the evolution of collaborative partnerships developed between faculty and local district leadership development directors that led to the development of a leadership pipeline across multiple large districts, including (a) a master’s program leading to initial Leadership Certi cation; (b) a nondegree, yearlong Principal Preparation program leading to Principal Certi cation (Level 2); and (c) a redesigned Educational Specialist program that directly responds to district needs for development of experienced principals for turnaround school contexts.

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Lu Young

Assistant Clinical Professor, University of Kentucky
Retired from P12 education in KY after 31 1/2 years; 9 years as superintendent of Jessamine County Schools. Currently serving as Director of Next Generation Educational Partnerships, teaching principal preparation, and working with the Next Generation Leadership Academy. Areas of interest: superintendent prep, principal prep, leading for deeper learning

Saturday November 19, 2016 11:00am - 12:10pm
Detroit Marriott at the Renaissance Center: Floor 5 - Richard A

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