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The Professional Development of Rural Principals


professional development, principals



Effective professional development for school principals is crucial to the successful administration of schools. This data from a mixed methods study to determine the elements, contexts, and topics found in the principals’ professional development in a rural school district in Louisiana. Educational leadership literature and studies have indicated professional development for principals should be ongoing and occur during all phases of the principals’ career. The participants in the study included the principals of the schools in the rural district.

The data collected through the survey used and the interview provided a glimpse of the professional development found in the district. To take it a step further, the desires of the principals of the district had with regards to the elements, contexts and topics of professional development programs the principals had are delineated.

The results of the study revealed the participants desired their professional development program to be ongoing, collaborative, and participative. The participants also desired for professional learning communities to be the context used in the programs. Topics should include the use of data, enhancing instruction, facilitating change, and the development of leadership skills.



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