“I’m Not Where I Want to Be”: Teaching Principals’ Instructional Leadership Practices

  • Dawn Wallin University of Saskatchewan
  • Paul Newton University of Saskatchewan
  • Mickey Jutras Westmount Community School, Saskatoon Public School Division
  • Jordan Adilman University of Saskatchewan
Keywords: teaching principal, instructional leadership, self-efficacy

Abstract

This paper reports on the ways in which teaching principals in rural schools in Alberta, Manitoba, and Saskatchewan, Canada enact instructional leadership within the five leadership domains conceptualized by Robinson, Lloyd, and Rowe (2008). Although participants suggested that they were “not where they wanted to be” in their efforts to enact instructional leadership, their actions demonstrate exemplary practice in this regard. The nature of the discourse perpetuated by leadership groups and teachers’ associations that equates instructional leadership with classroom visits only has the effect of decreasing teaching principals’ self-efficacy as instructional leaders. We argue for recognition of these leaders’ efforts to support learning, and a reconstitution of the role of the teaching principal such that instructional leadership expectations are realistically manageable for leaders in small rural schools.

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Author Biographies

Dawn Wallin, University of Saskatchewan

Dawn Wallin is Associate Dean and Professor of Educational Administration in the College of Education and the University of Saskatchewan.

Paul Newton, University of Saskatchewan

Paul Newton is Department Head and Professor of Educational Administration in the College of Education at the University of Saskatchewan.

Mickey Jutras, Westmount Community School, Saskatoon Public School Division

Mickey Jutras Doctoral Candidate of Educational Administration in the College of Education, and Principal of Westmount Community School, Saskatoon Public School Division.

Jordan Adilman, University of Saskatchewan

Jordan Adilman is Teacher and Masters of Education Student in Educational Administration in the College of Education at the University of Saskatchewan.

Published
2019-07-24
How to Cite
Wallin, D., Newton, P., Jutras, M., & Adilman, J. (2019). “I’m Not Where I Want to Be”: Teaching Principals’ Instructional Leadership Practices. The Rural Educator, 40(2), 23-32. https://doi.org/10.35608/ruraled.v40i2.777
Section
Research Articles