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The Creation of a Professional Learning Community for School Leaders

Insights on the Change Process from the Lens of the School Leader

2013 - 162 pages

Amalia Humada-Ludeke

ISBN Paperback: 9789462093188 ($ 43.00)
ISBN Hardcover: 9789462093195 ($ 99.00)
ISBN E-Book: 9789462093201

Subject: Educational Leadership, Professional Learning, Higher Education

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The unwavering culture of continuous improvement efforts to bring about school change has irrevocably changed the role expectations for the school leader. The school leader in the 21st century is increasingly perceived as an instructional leader expected to implement whole-school reform models that can shape teacher practice and influence student outcomes. The significant changes in role expectations for school leaders present considerable challenges to an educational system that was not designed to incorporate these conceptualizations. In light of the increased acceptance of changed leadership expectations, the elements that are needed for developing, supporting, and sustaining instructional leaders who can lead systemic change efforts are frequently not present, are fragmented, or are observed at various developmental stages throughout the pK-20 pipeline.

This book is centered on the learning and changed behaviors of school leaders, who engaged in a sustained job-embedded professional learning community, facilitated through a university-district partnership. The learning from the findings suggested that job-embedded learning with their peers can be instrumental for these principals to build the capacity to lead systemic change efforts.

The findings further suggested that creating conditions for new understanding to occur, and sustained opportunities to apply new learning in context to their role, entailed a collaborative effort by a partnership involving two separate institutions with different priorities. 

The author makes a case for the educational pipeline, to prioritize the support and understanding of complex systemic change efforts and innovations, as they are linked to school improvement.


As professor of Educational Leadership and former principal, Dr. Amalia Humada-Ludeke’s overarching charge is to integrate teaching, research and service for the preparation of prospective schools leaders, and for building leadership capacity of seated principals. An emphasis is placed on developing change agents who possess the attributes, dispositions and skill-sets necessary for leading diverse schools in the 21st century, reflective of equitable and effective leadership practices.

An integral part of her work is centered on cultivating and sustaining university-district partnerships with districts that are engaged in and committed to system-wide school renewal. As suggested by Wise (1991), “Schools will not improve unless the administrators and teachers within them improve.” This overarching tenet is firmly embedded in the framework that guides her work between the Alliance Outreach Center at New Mexico State University, and university-district partnerships focused on system approaches to school renewal.






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