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Composing Literacy Leadership in Professional Development: New Meanings of Practice and Process

By: Linda Friedrich, Kyle Shanton, Marilyn McKinney, Tom Meyer
Date: May 13, 2010

Summary: This paper presents illustrations drawn from leaders in three educational settings, concluding that the leaders' deep knowledge and strategic practice—nurtured by the NWP—created effective literacy practice in "followers" and inspired new learning.



From Melinda's perspective, collegial examination of the exit exam is a tool to make positive contributions to leverage curriculum change and professional development. Her tactics of pointing to additional information and asking questions provided support for shifting teachers' attention away from defending what they do to identifying what students actually did or did not do."

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