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Action Research Proposal

  1. 1. Action Research Proposal<br />“DISTRIBUTED LEADERSHIP”<br /> Gary Street<br />Ed 521<br />
  2. 2. According to Educational Researcher, David Mayrowetz (2008), Distributed Leadership….<br />…….is viewed as an activity stretched over multiple people;<br />…….is viewed as a democracy, shared among all;<br />…….is viewed as a means of capacity building among staff.<br />
  3. 3. Purposes of Study…<br />To co-engage in the development of distributed leadership; <br />To examine the process of instituting distributed leadership;<br />To examine the effects of distributed leadership;<br />To examine how leadership is enacted in schools.<br />
  4. 4. Issues….<br />The activity of distributed leadership is stretched over only a few people in our organization;<br />Leadership is not shared among staff;<br />There are tacit agreements and a soldiering mentality among some staff;<br />Staff are not clear on “what” distributed leadership is, and its benefits in a school.<br />
  5. 5. Setting of Study<br />Scootney Springs Elementary …<br />650 students <br />75% poverty, 75% Hispanic, 40% ELL, 11% migrant<br />40 certified staff<br />26 classified staff<br />1.5 administrators<br />Learning improvement team<br />Grade chair team<br />Individual grade level teams<br />
  6. 6. Questions to Guide Lit Review….<br />How is distributed leadership conceptualized in schools?<br />What are the leadership functions performed in schools, and by whom?<br />What are the effects of distributed leadership in schools?<br />
  7. 7. Method …<br />Intro to action research - staff – August, 2009<br />Intro to proposed action research on distributed leadership – staff – September, 2009<br />Select a stakeholder group interested in distributed leadership – September, 2009<br />Survey and/or interview participants regarding leadership, leadership functions and distributed leadership at Scootney – September, 2009<br /> Identify leadership activities performed at Scootney.<br /> Identify who performs the above activities and how often.. number of activities in a day, week, month, year.<br /> Identify organizational conditions that support or impede the distribution of leadership. <br />
  8. 8. Continued…<br />Categorize and Code Data – Identify Themes - October, 2009<br />Share data results with participant group, October, 2009<br />Facilitate dialogue among focus group regarding leadership in our school – November, 2009<br />Literature Review – November/December, 2009<br />Generativity of Ideas from Literature, Interviews, Data, Truths/Theories – big T and small t. <br />Act – Cycle of Events<br />Document – Report - Document – Report <br />
  9. 9. Positionality<br />Field Work is Relational, Contextual, and Politicized (FarhanaSultana, 2009)<br />I must be clear on what constitutes the “field” versus “my school”<br />I am a member of the research group – not the leader of research<br />I must demonstrate reflexivity – be willing to reflect and change<br />I must know the political climate within<br />I must continue to be aware of outside demands related to leadership. <br />
  10. 10. Anticipated Outcomes…<br />A Core of Teachers that Will Step Up and Lead When Opportunities Arise – or When They Have the Expertise.<br />Positive Climate Change – Trust, Efficacy, Relationships, Leadership<br />Effective Leadership Exerted …PLC, SIT, District and School Initiatives. <br />Reduction in Soldiering Mentality<br />Students Will Benefit<br />
  11. 11. We Will Succeed Together…..<br />
  12. 12. ..and LeaveNo One Behind! <br /> Gary Street, Ed 521<br />

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