Services | Leadership Professional Learning
Partners for Educational Leadership provide professional learning to build the capacity of educational leaders and to meet the needs of a range of leadership audiences and purposes. This service is offered in flexible ways, tailored to district contexts.
Often, districts use professional learning to foster coherence and to align leadership practice across schools. This professional learning may be embedded in existing professional- development structures, offered as communities of practices (described below), or provided through intensive institutes, again tailored to the needs and interests of the district. This leadership development may also be followed by onsite coaching and support. Hallmarks of our approach to this work include assignments and discussions rooted in real work, focused on problem of practice, grounded in a cycle of continuous improvement, based on how adults learn best, and structured for shared meaning and collective problem solving.
Professional Learning for Aspiring Administrators and Assistant Principals
We provide participants with a problem-solving and inquiry-based approach to leadership and equips them with the strategic leadership skills necessary to become effective principals, consistent with leadership standards. This work is typically structured as a community of practice (CoP) in which the participants drive the work, focused on improving aspects of their practice together in a collaborative setting. Related leadership development may be followed by onsite coaching and support. This professional learning is often topical, highlighting key improvement areas identified by the district such as teacher evaluation, student-centered learning, high-quality instruction, differentiation, professional learning communities, and other topics as appropriate.
Professional Learning for Current Administrators
This professional learning – aimed at sitting principals, teacher leaders, and others in leadership roles — enhances the instructional expertise of existing school leaders in order to raise student achievement. This work may address a multiplicity of topics identified by the district, including subjects such as:
- Teacher supervision and evaluation
- Student-centered learning
- High-quality instruction
- Professional learning communities
- Developing school-based teams
- Using data to improve instruction