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Alaska School Leadership Institute

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Professional Development for Practicing Leaders

Monday, May 25, 2009 6:00 pm - Friday, May 29, 2009 3:00 pm 



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In the Fall of 2008, the Rural Alaska Principal Preparation Project (RAPPS) was funded by a grant from the U.S. Department of Education – School Leadership Grant Program (CFDA #84.363A). 


The Professional Development component of this grant will help to fund the Alaska School Leadership Institute with an emphasis on providing meaningful professional development for Principals, Central Office Staff, and Superintendents from schools and districts that are in Corrective Action Status or in Need of Improvement Status.  Led by the Alaska Staff Development Network, RAPPS has engaged a number of collaborating partners including the Alaska Department of Education and Early Development (EED) – the primary partner around the Institute.


Institute Purpose

To learn how to lead using the strategies and actions necessary to turn-around and transform student learning and organizational performance.


Institute Learning Outcomes

1.  To promote effective collaboration based on a model of professional learning communities.

2.  To assess individual leadership actions for producing second-order change.

3.  To utilize strategies, protocols, and tools to analyze data at the district and school levels.

4.  To evaluate the alignment between curriculum standards, instructional practices, & assessments.


Institute Design

The proposed Institute Design has five unique features to support powerful professional learning for all participants. 


The first feature will be differentiated structures for learning:  large group; district teams; role-alike learning groups; and individual reflection assignments.  Throughout the course of any given day, participants will be learning in two or more of these structures. 


A second feature of the design will include the use of video and written case studies and vignettes for demonstration and analysis purposes. 


The third feature will be the integration of professional readings – pre, during, and post the Institute program. 


A fourth feature will be the use of strategies, protocols, and tools that provide the “how” to actually do the work. 


Finally, the fifth feature includes the participation of Coaches and Staff from the EED who will be providing support and technical assistance as follow-up to the Institute. 


Overall, the Institute is designed to provide powerful professional learning that models what high quality instruction should look like in classrooms and schools.



Principals, Central Office Staff, and Superintendents from districts in corrective action, including five districts where the state has intervened and eight other districts that demonstrated interest or have schools where the district, in conjunction with the state, are working to improve instructional practices and have expressed interest in:


  1. learning about a framework to improve student learning and organizational performance;
  2. building lateral capacity through cross-district discussions; and
  3. strategies to turn-around and transform learning and performance in their schools and districts


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