Reflections of an Author
Submitted by Frank Murphy on November 27, 2012
Shortly after retiring as the principal of Meade Elementary School, I took a part time position working as a distributed leadership coach. In this position for the last year and a half I have worked closely with the staff of a school located in the Kensington area of Philadelphia.
My involvement with this school team has been a personally rewarding and professionally satisfying experience. Together we have strived to establish professional learning communities within the school, collected and analyzed multiple sources of data to determine the strengths and needs of the instructional program and established a peer observation and support process. It has been interesting work. My attention to and involvement with this school team has taken up much of the time that I previously had focused on writing commentaries for the Philadelphia School Notebook and City School Stories.
Frankly, I have enjoyed this redirection of my attention to active involvement as opposed to passive reflection on educational practices. Working in a school with teachers and students in order to improve the quality of the instructional experience that children receive has been and still is my primary interest as an educator. Read the rest of this entry »