The goal of this professional study is to identify and cultivate a cadre of educators who have the potential for success as leaders. During the course, active administrators and administrative certificate holders will collaborate to develop locally-delivered professional development opportunities that have multiple benefits for districts, schools, leaders, novice administrators, and students. After examining the expectations and emerging roles for future-ready leaders, participants will collaboratively plan and distribute opportunities for aspiring administrators to practice and further develop their nascent leadership skills in roles as committee chairs, peer reviewers. The goal of these efforts is to produce a pipeline of continuously-emerging leaders that are well-prepared to transform and lead schools where future-ready student preparation for college and/or career-readiness is the primary objective.
It is important that school leaders stay abreast of the newest trends in education and to gain the necessary knowledge to inform and assist fellow educators choosing to implement new methods of instruction. In this professional study, school leaders will be introduced to the flipped classroom approach to instruction. According to the Center for Teaching at Vanderbilt University, " “flipping the classroom” means that students gain first exposure to new material outside of class, usually via reading or lecture videos, and then use class time to do the harder work of assimilating that knowledge, perhaps through problem-solving, discussion, or debates."
During this 5 week online professional study, participants will complete readings, watch videos, and explore internet sites, including the Khan Academy, to familiarize themselves with the pros and cons of the flipped instruction model and to discover the resources available to assist in flipping the classroom. Examples of successful flipped classrooms will be explored, and participants will view recorded webinars from educators considered experts in the flipped model of instruction.
This professional study is designed to help school leaders and administrators, particularly those in elementary schools, lead and implement efforts that will sequentially prepare students at each grade level so that they leave high school with adequate personal and job readiness skills to success in jobs and/or for success in the pursuit of college/post-secondary training.