Date on Master's Thesis/Doctoral Dissertation
Educational Leadership, Evaluation and Organizational Development
Educational Leadership and Organizational Development, EDD
Committee Co-Chair (if applicable)
principal supervisor; community of practice; professional learning; principal; evaluator; action research
Principal supervisor professional learning is an area of educational professionalism that is under-researched and under-developed (Casserly et al., 2013). Because K-12 students deserve to have the best leaders possible impacting their school experience, K-12 principal supervisors need professional learning that strengthens their ability to coach and evaluate K-12 principals (Waters & Marzano, 2006). This study utilized a principal supervisor community of practice as a form of role-specific professional learning. Semi-structured interviews occurring before and after four community of practice convenings along with transcripts from the convenings were used to answer questions that explored principal supervisors’ characterization of a community of practice, themes that emerged from a principal supervisor community of practice, and principal supervisors’ perception of the effect of a community of practice on their work. Using descriptive coding and in vivo coding (Saldaña, 2013), the study found that a community of practice is a practical and appropriate form of role-specific professional learning for principal supervisors. The study also produced recommendations for school districts seeking to improve principal supervisor professional learning and for individuals or groups organizing communities of practice.
Rosenthal, Jessica, "Principal supervisor professional learning in a community of practice." (2023). Electronic Theses and Dissertations. Paper 4175.