Should educational leadership professors spend some of their time as practicing administrators?
Scott McLeod, J.D., Ph.D., is an Associate Professor of Educational Leadership at the University of Kentucky. He also is the Founding Director of the UCEA Center for the Advanced Study of Technology Leadership in Education (CASTLE), the nation’s only academic center dedicated to the technology needs of school administrators, and was a co-creator of the wildly popular video series, Did You Know? (Shift Happens). He has received numerous national awards for his technology leadership work, including recognitions from the cable industry, Phi Delta Kappa, and the National School Boards Association. In Spring 2011 he was a Visiting Canterbury Fellow at the University of Canterbury in New Zealand. Dr. McLeod blogs regularly about technology leadership issues at Dangerously Irrelevant and Mind Dump, and occasionally at The Huffington Post. He can be reached at scottmcleod.net.
Michelle Young, Executive Director of the University Council for Educational Administration (UCEA), recently asked whether educational leadership professors should spend some of their time as practicing administrators. This would be akin to teacher education professors spending some of their time teaching in P-12 classrooms.
What do you think? Is this a good idea? If so, is this logistically feasible for school systems (e.g., could professors have any real responsibility or would it be like doing a preservice administrator internship)? What would need to change in colleges and universities for this to work? Head on over to Michelle’s post and contribute to the discussion!
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