Leadership Practices that Guided the Implementation of an Electronic Web-based Report Card

By Deborah Joyce Miket.

Published by The Organization Collection

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The case study investigates leadership practices and behaviors established in two Canadian urban elementary pilot schools that implemented web-based reporting for student assessment in 2005-2006. The web-based report card is one component of a school district reporting assessment initiative that was conceived in the 1990s, locally designed, and guided by provincial curriculum objectives. Relevant data were gathered and analyzed for a greater understanding of leadership practices. Common themes such as transformational leadership, vision for change, web-based report card catalyst for change, school-level instructional leadership practices, and teachers’ changed behaviors are presented. From a district perspective, the goal to support teachers with new information and communication technology (ICT) is actualized by the web-based report card. Consequently, teachers, vice-principals, principals, and district personnel who enacted the strategic-plan are agents in the process of change. Collaborative teams, collective inquiry, and action enable teachers to pursue their school’s vision. The study participants recount details about leading and learning as they implement the new ICT tool. Teachers and school administrators report a sense of accomplishment and group ownership upon completion of the pilot year. All levels of the educational organization develop collaborative relationships of trust, respect, and mutual support as they implement the web-based report card. In the spirit of a learning community they develop an organizational capacity to change, improve student assessment and the learning environment

Keywords: Leadership Practices in Elementary Schools

International Journal of Knowledge, Culture and Change Management, Volume 8, Issue 7, pp.135-142. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 591.219KB).

Deborah Joyce Miket

Teacher, Dundonald School, University of Calgary, Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada

Deborah was born in rural Saskatchewan, Canada where she spent her formative years. At age 10 her family moved to the city where she completed her grade 12. Following her mother’s footsteps Deborah began her teaching career in 1977, after completing a 3-year certificate from the University of Saskatchewan. She has taught in Battleford, Saskatoon, and Quebec City. Deborah learned to speak French at Laval University and sold sandwiches at Monsieur Fromage. Her Bachelor of Arts (French major) and her Master’s Degree are from the University of Saskatchewan. Presently, she is completing her Doctor of Education from the University of Calgary via a distance Ed program. She loves teaching young students at Dundonald School in Saskatoon. Spending time with her son playing tennis, skiing in the winter, and retreating to the lake in the summer are her favorite leisure activities.

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