Towards distributed leadership as Standards-based practice in BC

  • Sabre Cherkowski University of British Columbia Okanagan
  • Willow Brown University of Northern British Columbia

Abstract

This narrative study of four BC principals was an initial investigation of distributed leadership using their provincial leadership standards as an organizing framework. The researchers invited participants to describe their understanding and practice of distributed leadership in terms of the Standards. Findings revealed three themes, or sets of administrative practices, that enrich operational understanding of distributed leadership: establishing a shared vision of distributed leadership, leading with character and integrity, and enabling others to find their leadership voice. The practice of establishing distributed leadership was found to be coherent with the development of a sustainable learning community and with the moral stewardship emphasis of the provincial standards. 

Author Biographies

Sabre Cherkowski, University of British Columbia Okanagan

Sabre Cherkowski is an assistant professor in educational leadership at the University of British Columbia – Okanagan.  Her research focuses on professional learning and  development in learning communities.  

Willow Brown, University of Northern British Columbia

Willow Brown coordinates the Master’s in Multidisciplinary Leadership program at the University of Northern British Columbia. Learning community theory is the foundation of her investigations into inquiry-based teacher learning. She is also interested in curriculum design for 21st Century Learning.  

 

Published
2014-05-06
How to Cite
Cherkowski, S., & Brown, W. (2014). Towards distributed leadership as Standards-based practice in BC. Canadian Journal of Education/Revue Canadienne De l’éducation, 36(3), 23-46. Retrieved from https://journals.sfu.ca/cje/index.php/cje-rce/article/view/892
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