Illustrating how networked learning communities (NLCs) can impact school improvement, the authors examine formal/informal leadership roles, collaborative inquiry as an essential tool, and how NLCs support schoolwide accountability.
Chapter 5: Leadership in Networked Professional Learning Communities
Leadership in Networked Professional Learning Communities
In our theory of action, we explained that both informal and formal leadership are important ingredients in instructional leadership, that important key enabler of professional knowledge creation. Leadership, defined by activity rather than formal position, unfolds both within schools and between the schools that together comprise the network. In this chapter, we begin with the role of formal leaders in networked learning communities (NLCs) and then examine how informal leadership works.
Roles of Formal Leaders
Formal leadership is critical in the work of NLCs—at both the school and network levels. We certainly know a great deal about the importance of administrators in the work of schools and student achievement (Robinson, 2007). We won't go into detail ...