Maxwell( 1993), “ Leaders who continue to grow personally and bring growth to their organization will influence many and develop a successful team around them ” .
The chapter discusses the development of a professional growth plan for school leaders.
Bell(1998) suggests that professional growth comes from 3 directions: inside, outside, and upside down, it ” …begins with a look inside that includes a thoughtful examination of strengths, limitations, improvement opportunities, needs, hopes, and fears. ”
Reflection involves hearing both internal and external voices ’ self-knowledge or self-talk. One way to develop this capacity to hear is to write a memo or note to self in the journal or to identify and describe the thought process or steps that were used to solve a problem or to address a situation.
Reflection involves mental processes that include drawing forth cognitive and emotional from visual, auditory, kinesthetic, and tactile sources (Costa & Kallick, 2000).
Journal entries should be dated and reflect thoughts and feelings that immediately come to mind.( See p. 217, BOX 10.1)
School leaders use various types of assessment models to provide direction for constructing their own plans for professional development. The assessment models vary from state to state.
According to Monk (2002), “ A meaningful mix of activities will give a quality read on skill levels from a variety of perspectives. Through an assessment process which includes primary job alike activities, other job-related activities as appropriate, detailed feedback, meaningful suggestions for growth, campus leaders will receive a quality snapshot of ability to ‘ walk the walk ’ of the principal.p.2
(Beach & Reinhartz,2000,p.287),Developed a model that is appropriate for instructional leaders. It identifies the steps in the self-assessment model as school leaders assume responsibility and development.
P.223, the authors state, ” In self-assessment model, leaders begin the process by collecting data from their own journal entries or selecting artifacts from their portfolios as they begin building their professional profile. As indicated earlier in the journal section, journal entries are useful to prompt leaders “ … to reflect on specific situations, interactions, and behaviors they experience over time as they perform their job ” (Beach & Reinhartz, 2000 p. 288)
Step 2: In figure 10.2 ,Involves seeking input from others (colleagues, teachers, staff and parents and students), regarding the use of such things as, questionnaires, inventories, etc. ( using a rubric scoring tool), see page 223.
1. Sheds light on how students learn in the classroom.
2. Inspires collegiality.
3. Improves student achievement.
Casas(2009), “ professional development takes many forms depending on where each leader is in their career; it can be a seminar, a workshop, long term training ,conferences, reading professional journals and books ” .