KMb on decision making for school improvement

This project develops a network called the Peer-to-Peer Network for School Principals (PPNSP) to assist school principals to advance their knowledge and skills in the area of decision-making.

 

Project Category:
Building or extending networks for further research in priority areas
Topic Area:
Leadership (Principals)
Ministry Priority
(2011-2013):
Teaching and Learning
Project Lead(s):
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Brief Background:
This project develops a network called the Peer-to-Peer Network for School Principals (PPNSP) to assist school principals to advance their knowledge and skills in the area of decision-making. PPNSP is a broader concept of the Community of Practice in that in addition to the shared learning and interests of its members, it encourages the development of new relationships including researchers, practitioners, policy makers, and researchers involved in the professional development of school principals.
Research Context:
The work of school principals has evolved and become more complex in recent times as ideologically driven external interventions of school governance have increased (e.g., Bellamy, Fulmer, & Muth, 2007; Noonan & Renihan, 2006). These interventions have led to a greater focus placed on raising standards of student achievement for social and economic purposes as well as assessing teacher and school performance through a range of formal accountability measures (Klinger, DeLuca, & Miller, 2008). Marks and Nance (2007) posited that the current context of school reform increases the importance of principal decision-making.
Knowledge Mobilization Activities:
This project features the development, implementation, and maintenance of the PPNSP that will harness and mobilize research expertise, build on and strengthen collaboration, and link practice and policy with evidence based research. The PPNSP will mobilize knowledge in five ways: (1) through a virtual infrastructure that will encourage exchanges, sharing, collaboration, discussion, support, and access to resulting knowledge; (2) through online and on-site training sessions ; (3) by supporting three lectures by leading researchers ; (4) hosting a two-day symposium of School Principals’ Decision-Making Skills; and (5) through publication initiatives : an online newsletter , professional journals, website and wiki , and reports to KNAER.
Outcomes:
Principals participating in the PPNSP will have access to: (1) a network of peer support to help them make decisions and solve common problems; (2) an innovative model of reflective professional development; (3) a database of sound empirical research in the field; and (4) a jointly produced website featuring pertinent problems and solutions.