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LEADERSHIP BEHAVIORS AND PRACTICES QUESTIONNAIRE

Thank yon in advance for your cooperation.


This questionnaire is designed to obtain information about how leaders use staff
development as a strategy to improve student performance. It will take onlylO-15 minutes
to complete. Please be assured that all responses will remain confidential
Demographic Data
1. Please check the appropriate lines:
a. Male ___ b. Black Hispanic_
Female White ___ Other __
2. How many yean of experience have yon had as a principal or district
administrator? _______
3. Approximately how many full-time teachers are in your school?______
4. Approximately how many students are enrolled at your school?______
5. Please check the appropriate line:
a. Elementary Middle High School Other_________Type
b. Economic level of school population:
Low____ Low to Middle___ Middle____ Middle to Upper-Middle_____ Upper____






Leadership Behaviors and Practices Q uestionnaire
Direction: Please circle the one BEST answer choice for each question below that describe the
behaviors and practices you use to support staff development when it hasbeen chosen as the
strategy to improve teaching and learning

1. As principal/administrator, I ensure that staff development decisions are based on:
a) A consistent set of criteria
b) School goals that have been collaborative developed
c) The leaders judgment of what is best for school improvement
2. It is more important for the principal/administrator to be able to:
a) Demonstrate commitment to a sustained professional development program
b) Support professional development initiatives that are linked to student improvement
a) Demonstrate commitment by providing resources including time, money and space
3. As principal/administrator, I think it is most important to:
a) Encourage norms of experimentation, collaboration and collegiality
b) Provide mentors for new teachers
c) Provide opportunities for teachers to master an expanded, flexible repertoire of instructional
skills





4. As the leader, I set the conditions that influence the extent to which teachers engage in
Technical collaboration by taking into consideration:
a) Teachers* certainty about their own instructional competence
b) Shared teaching goals
c) Involvement in the schools decisions
d) Team teaching opportunities that create the need to plan and carry out instruction with
colleagues
















Leadership Behaviour and Practices Questionnaire
4. As an Instructional leader, I:
a) Carefully diagnose the starting point for teacher development using teachersevaluations as a
diagnostic tool
b) Recognize that teacher development is an incremental process that builds on teachers existing
stock of attitudes, knowledge, and skills
c) Work alongside with teachers in their classrooms to resolve problems or implement changes
5. Collaboration is best fostered when I:
a) Solicit teachers opinions about classroom and school improvement
b) Encourage teachers to share ideas about instruction
c) Encourage broad participation of faculty, parents and the community about school issues
7. I foster the norm of ongoing professional development by:
a) Informing teachers of professional development opportunities
b) Articulating the importance of continuous staff development for school improvement in the
weekly bulletin and at faculty meetings
c) Providing adequate tune for learning new practices and for coaching new skills
8. As leader, I model my commitment to life-long learning, when I:
a) Participate in study groups with the faculty and staff
b) Attend school-based staff development initiatives
c) Publish monthly research and best practice updates for staff



9. As leader, 1 encourage teachers to demonstrate their commitment to student
improvement by participating in:
a) A school-based action research group
b) Peer or team teaching initiatives
c) A school self-review group
10. As leader, I support school policies and practices that:
a) Reduce isolation of teachers
b) Encourage teachers to assume the role of learner
c) Link professional development opportunities to meaningful content and change


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11. As leader, I encourage school polices that:
a) Establish an environment of professional trust and encourage problem solving
b) Focus on learner-centered outcomes that give priority to learning howand why
c) Provide opportunities for everyone involved to understand new visions of teaching and
learning






12. As leader, I ensure that student data drives teacher development by:
a) Sharing the disaggregated data with the entire staff and soliciting their ideas for student
improvement
b) Forming a school improvement team that analyzes the data and makes recommendations for
school improvement
e) Analyzing the data myself and developing a school-wide improvement plan based upon my
interpretation of what is needed for school improvement
13. As leader, I:
a) Articulate the expectation of teachers to experiment with innovative practices
b) Encourage teachers to reflect on their practices and to share ideas about their Instruction
c) Encourage all members of the school community to engage in reflective dialogue
d) Encourage teachers to evaluate the strengths and weakness of current practices

14. As leader, I support an evaluation process of staff development programs that:
a) is ongoing and includes multiple sources of information and focuses on all levels of the
organization
b) Draws from multiple sources and include both quantitative and qualitative data
c) Informs all stakeholders of the participant, organizational and student outcomes
15. As leader, I ensure follow up of staff development programs and initiatives by:
a) Forming study teams of new initiatives
b) Requiring teachers to write follow up plans
c) Observing classrooms for implementation of new skills teamed and providing feedback

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16. As leader, I am best able to ensure that the following staff development standards, as
described the National Staff development Council, are applied in my school by:
a) Establishing the norm of continuous improvement for students and staff
b) Advocating for and providing staff with the incentives and resources to pursue new learning
17. As leader, I:
a) Ensure that staff development is aligned with the schools and districts goals and is funded by
a line item in the budget
b) Advance knowledge about the process of change in staff development innovations and the
importance of time
18. As leader, I ensure that the following standard for staff development as defined by the
National Staff Development Council is applied in my school:
a) Staff development decisions are based on a carefiil analysis of disaggregated student data
regarding goals for student learning.
b) Staff development uses content that has proven value in increasing student
Learning and development
19. As leader, I most often ensure that the following standard for staff development as
defined by the National Staff Development Council is applied in my school:
a) Staff development programs are evaluated and that the evaluation process is ongoing, and
includes a multiple sources of information
b) Staff development uses a variety of approaches such as, inquiry, observation, individually-
guided staff development, to accomplish the goals of improving instruction and learning.

20. As leader, I more often apply the following National Staff Development Councils
standards for staff development in my school by:
a) Providing the follow up necessary to ensure improvement
b) Requiring staff members to leam and apply collaborative skills to conduct meetings, make
shared decisions, solve problems and work collegially

Leadership Behaviors and Practices Questionnaire
21. As leader, I more often apply the following National Staff Development Councils
Standard for staff development by:
a) Enabling teachers to provide challenging, developmental appropriate curricula that engages
students in integrative ways of thinking and learning.
b) Encouraging teachers to demonstrate high expectations for student learning.
c) Preparing teachers to use research-based teaching strategies appropriate to their instructional
objectives and their students

22. Additional Comments:
Are you interested in participating in a forty-minute interview for the
second stage o f this study? Please put a mark by your response to this
question.
_______Yes, I am willing to participate in an interview with the researcher.
I am available to meet on________________a t : ___________ a.nL/p.m.
Date Time
, No, I am not available for an interview.
Thank you for your valuable contribution.
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Appendix G
Outstanding Leaders Behaviors and Practices Questionnaire Responses Data Tally Sheet
Leadership Questions A % B % C % D %
1. As principal, I ensure that staff
Development decisions are based on...
2. It is more important for principal to be
able to...
3. As principal, I think it is most important
to ...
4. I set the conditions that influence the
extent to which teachers engage in
technical collaboration by taking into
consideration teachers involvement in...
S. As an instructional leader, I ...
6. Collaboration is best fostered when I...
7. I foster the norm of going professional
development by ...
8. As leader, I model my own commitment
to life-long learning, when I...
9. As leader, I encourage teachers to
demonstrate commitment to student
improvement by...
10. As leader, I support school policies and
practices that...
11. As leader, I encourage school policies
that...
12.1 ensure that student data drives teacher
development by...
13. As leader, I...
14. As leader, I support an evaluation
process of staff development programs
that...
13. As leader, ensure follow up to staff
development programs and
initiatives by...
16.1 am best able to ensure that the NSDS
are applied in my school by...
17. As leader, I...
18.1 ensure that the following NSDS
is applied in my school...
19.1 most often ensure that the following
NSDS is applied in my school...
20. As leader, I more often apply the
following NSDS in my school...
21. I more often apply the following NSDS..






















Interview Questions
Leadership Influence In Improving Student Performance Through Staff
Development
Interview Questions
Directions: Describe the leadership behaviors and practices you use to support the
learning community. Also, describe bow staff development is used as a strategy to
improve student performance and promote teacher development
1. Describe the behaviors you model to influence a culture of continuous professional
development that is focused on improving the quality of teaching and learning?
2. Describe the practices you implement to encourage continuous growth for teachers
and students?
3. How do you promote collaborative decisioihmaidng? How do the members of the
foaming community benefit from collaborative decision-making?
4. What do you do to ensure that staff development initiatives are linked to student
achievement goals?
5. How do you promote and encourage teacher leadership in curriculum, instruction,
and assessment?
6. What staff development initiatives are most frequently implemented in your school?
7. Who usually leads or facilitates the staff development programs at your school?
8. How do you establish an environment that encourages risk-taking and
experimentation in teachers?
9. What resources are used to support staff development and teacher planning time?
10. How do you ensure that the standards for staff developed as developed by theNational Staff
Development Council are applied in your staff development
program(s)?