The Strategies of Using Collegial Principal Leadership to Promote the Development of Teachers’ Professional Learning Community
A school’s successful operation not only rely on teachers, but the principal’s leadership style also plays a pivotal role. Collegial leadership is a new leadership style that has been promoted in Taiwan in recent years. Collegial leadership occurs when leaders are willing to share their power with their subordinates. The purpose of this article is to understand the relationship between Taiwanese elementary school principals’ collegial leadership practices and the professional learning community. Literature review will be used as the primary research method in this article. This article will first conceptualize collegial principal leadership and the professional learning community. Then, the relationship between collegial principal leadership and professional learning community will be discussed. To further explore principals’ strategies for improving a professional learning community’s sustainability, seven strategies are proposed: (1) To build schools’ visions and develop “focus on learning” communities; (2) To encourage principals to share their power and decisions with teachers; (3) To cultivate trust between teachers and open the dialogue; (4) To provide caring and social-emotional support for teachers; (5) To follow through on verbal and non-verbal behaviors and lead teachers to co-learning; (6) To construct overall supportive conditions to enhance and strengthen the communities; (7) To show principals’ expectations to community members. These findings will bring new insights to Taiwan’s educational policy makers.
|關鍵詞||同儕式校長領導、專業發展、教師專業學習社群、collegial principal leadership、professional development、professional learning community|