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The Professional Leadership Development Project

By: Zsa Boykin, Jennifer Scrivner, Sarah Robbins
Publication: National Writing Project At Work
Date: March 2005

Summary: The authors describe a flexible model for promoting teacher leadership within urban schools. This monograph outlines both the individual inservice projects and the framework for leadership development that emerged from the inquiry.

 

Zsa Boykin and Jennifer Scrivner, teacher-consultants, and Sarah Robbins, director, of the Kennesaw Mountain Writing Project in Georgia, describe a flexible model for promoting teacher leadership within urban schools. This monograph outlines both the individual inservice projects and the framework for leadership development that emerged from the inquiry.

Excerpt from Monograph

The model for this work was developed by a group of six teacher-consultants who first attended a Project Outreach summer institute and then became our local Project Outreach leadership team. This group wanted colleagues in their home schools to have opportunities for professional development similar to the one they were having as members of the KMWP Project Outreach team. So working as a team, these teacher-consultants gradually created a structure for building a school based inservice project, called a professional leadership development project (PLDP), with a relatively small group of colleagues in their own schools. This meant that at the same time this team was working as a Project Outreach leadership team and also as a study group that met regularly at Kennesaw State, each member of this six-person team also collaborated with her own school-based study group, action research team, or similar professional development activity group. Each of these school-based groups chose a focus, designed a professional leadership development project with goals relevant to its particular school, and carried out that project.

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