Collaboration and support: The role of the principal

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presentation by Dianne Oberg
Faculty of Education
University of Alberta, Canada
for the panel presentation/discussion on the conference subtheme: Collaboration and Support

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Collaboration and support: The role of the principal

  1. 1. Collaboration and Support: The Role of the Principal Dianne Oberg Faculty of Education University of Alberta, Canada
  2. 2. Principals: Role in Change <ul><li>Vision-building </li></ul><ul><li>Evolutionary planning </li></ul><ul><li>Empowerment of others </li></ul><ul><li>Resource mobilization </li></ul><ul><li>Problem-coping and monitoring </li></ul><ul><li>(e.g., Fullan, 1993; Rosenholtz, 1989) </li></ul>
  3. 3. How do principals support the school library? <ul><ul><ul><li>Four key roles: </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Supporting the program </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Supervisors </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Models </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Managers </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Supporting the teacher-librarian </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>(4) Mentors </li></ul></ul></ul>
  4. 4. ‘ Principal support’ <ul><li>Supervisors working directly with teachers </li></ul><ul><li>Models demonstrating personal commitment </li></ul><ul><li>Managers enabling the program </li></ul><ul><li>Mentors providing visibility and importance for the teacher-librarian </li></ul>
  5. 5. How do principals support collaboration? <ul><li>Provides opportunities for teachers (and teacher-librarians) to work and learn together </li></ul><ul><li>Actively leads faculty to decide what students are to learn and how they are to show what they have learned </li></ul>
  6. 6. How do teacher-librarians support collaboration? <ul><li>Analyze / share what is in place, what is needed for collaboration </li></ul><ul><li>Help teachers to share / examine their philosophies, pedagogies </li></ul><ul><li>Actively lead in developing schoolwide approaches to teaching and learning </li></ul>
  7. 7. Who / what else can support collaboration? <ul><li>District administrators / school trustees </li></ul><ul><li>Policy and infrastructure </li></ul><ul><li>Teacher-librarians network for PD, mentoring, advocacy, policy development </li></ul>
  8. 8. What gains emerge from support and collaboration? <ul><li>Mutual support for all </li></ul><ul><li>Improved quality of teaching and teaching and learning </li></ul><ul><li>Increased attention to digital citizenship, to literacies for life </li></ul><ul><li>Improved student success </li></ul>

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