Presentation Details

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ The Eleventh International Literacy and Education Research Network Conference on Learning

Educational Leadership and Management: How to Create Institutional change through School-University Partnership - A Professional Development Model

Dr Barb Cozza, Dr John Williams.

As policymakers sharpen their focus on educational practices, standards and accountability, leaders in education are rethinking their approaches to education for the 21st century. Education leadership today requires the ability to mobilize constituents to do important but different work under conditions of ongoing change and overload. Strong professional learning cultures do not occur by chance but are vital to school improvement and raising student achievement (Carter, 2003). Consequently, the ability of education leaders to create a professional culture in which teachers thrive and grow is essential in ensuring quality teaching and learning.
This presentation describes the Students' High-level of Achievement through Research in Education (S.H.A.R.E.), an innovative approach for delivering professional development through a school-university partnership. This school-university partnership offers practical training for new teachers and also ongoing professional development for seasoned teachers and pre-service students. University professors share expertise and gain access to authentic K-12 settings. Education administrators assist with the design of the model and support collaborative efforts. This model ensures not only transference of new knowledge for teachers but also promotes a change in the culture of schools to sustain new practice through institutional change based on educational leadership. Model components and data are provided to demonstrate gains made through participation in the S.H.A.R.E. Model.


Dr Barb Cozza  (United States)
Associate Professor of Education
Education Department, College of Professional Studies
University of Scranton

Research agenda targets professional development models for inservice and preservice teachers. Cozza is currently implementing grants to assist with institional change.

Dr John Williams

  • Institutional change
  • Professional development
  • Educational leadership
  • School-University partnership

(30 min Conference Paper, English)