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EDAD 533 Leadership for Learning

Content: What is professional learning? Given the complex array of expectations for schools to improve and for teachers and principals to learn to do new work, a necessary skill is continuous inquiry with school leaders in the role of "lead learner," figuring out new and often unknown practices. This course cultivates learning-focused leadership by examining multiple forms of inquiry for leadership, school reform, instructional practice, and evaluation. Students will understand research on professional learning and evaluate the efficacy of the current models for professional development for accomplishing a variety of professional learning needs. Topics include research on adult development, learning theory, instructional theory, and comprehensive programs for at-risk students. This research provides a basis for developing systematic professional development programs that are sensitive to changing school cultures and that cultivate staff and student diversity and continuous learning.
Prerequisites: None.
Credits: 2 semester hours.