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Transformative Preparation And Professional Development: Authentic Reflective Practice For School Leadership, Joseph A. Polizzi Ph.D, William Frick Ph.D Jan 2012

Transformative Preparation And Professional Development: Authentic Reflective Practice For School Leadership, Joseph A. Polizzi Ph.D, William Frick Ph.D

Joseph A Polizzi Ph.D

In this conceptual paper, Western scholarship from both within and beyond the field is reviewed, and theory is provided to support practical authentic pedagogical applications useful in the development of school leaders. A transformative professional learning experience fosters reflective practice and processes that elaborate and clarify core professional ideas, experiences, and questions within the personal and professional contexts of school leadership. This article offers conceptualizations of reflective practice alternatives that can further inform school administrators and enable them to meet the demands of increasingly challenging work within the public schools.


Aspiring To A Continuous Learning Ethic: Building Authentic Learning Communities For Faculty And Administration, William C. Frick, Joseph A. Polizzi, J. Edward Frick Jan 2009

Aspiring To A Continuous Learning Ethic: Building Authentic Learning Communities For Faculty And Administration, William C. Frick, Joseph A. Polizzi, J. Edward Frick

Joseph A Polizzi Ph.D

An intentional, active and self-regulated approach to professional growth results in improved instruction and higher levels of student achievement over time. School systems that aspire to a continuous learning ethic socialize educators to act on the assumption that all students and all educators are capable of learning and reaching high standards. This article explores the emergence of the notion of a continuous learning ethic within sustainable educational reform, and the experiences of three school districts in introducing, nurturing and building collaborative learning for teachers, student-teachers and administrators. The central phenomenon explored in this article is the powerful role that sustained ...


Best Practices For Transformational Teacher Education: The Full Immersion Professional Development Schools Alternative, Joseph A. Polizzi Ph.D Jan 2009

Best Practices For Transformational Teacher Education: The Full Immersion Professional Development Schools Alternative, Joseph A. Polizzi Ph.D

Joseph A Polizzi Ph.D

This article reports findings to promote the best practices of a transformative teaching and learning environment from a case study of a year long, full immersion Secondary Level Professional Development School. The results support the idea that interns have a significant stake, active professional community commitment and a heightened awareness during their training and prior to employment. As a result of the full immersion PDS experience, there is a significant transformational impact in their personal and professional grounding as future career educators. Best practices for the promotion of authentic teacher preparation are discussed.