5. Friends School Leadership
Rapp, Jay. “Learning to Lead.” Friends Council on Education Leadership Expressions Action Research (April 2015): 26–27.
Jay Rapp is working on a leadership framework that would help leaders at all levels in Friends schools progress in leadership. Rapp’s framework specifically applies to independent schools, in association with the National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS).
5.1 Professional Development
Franek, Mark. “Friends First: The Impact of Meeting for Worship on Students at an Urban Quaker School.” Dissertation, University of Pennsylvania, 2007.
The vast majority of students who attend Quaker schools are not Quaker, nor do they convert to Quakerism after graduation. Despite this, every Quaker school holds regular, mandatory “meetings for worship,” which occur once a week. As the dean of students at one said school, Mark Franek set out to investigate the lived experiences of the children in meeting for worship at one urban Quaker school. Franek hoped that his findings would help Quaker schools better articulate their educational philosophy and mission in order to recruit more students. The study also aimed to help current and future students, teachers, and administrators at Quaker schools better understand, value, transfer, and ultimately apply the lessons in these meetings for worship to life.
Aranda, Nancy. “How Can Teacher Observation Contribute to Professional Development?” Institute for Engaging Leadership in Friends Schools 2005–2007 Action Research (April 2007): 2–3.
Nancy Aranda is exploring different approaches to teacher observation to improve teaching and learning within Friends schools. Aranda looked to Cecily Selling’s Action Research and Simon Hole’s “Three Ways of Looking at a Colleague: Protocols for Peer Observation.” From them, she took the notion of allowing teachers to create their own evaluation system.
5.3 Faculty Engagement
Carroll, Melissa. “Personal Learning Networks: Enhancing Relationships, Increasing Productivity, Growing Practices.” Institute for Engaging Leadership in Friends Schools 2011–2013 Action Research (April 2013): 7–8.
Melissa Carroll surveyed multiple Friends schools to find that all faculty and staff want to feel a sense of connection, support, and the opportunity to grow professionally. Carroll has helped implement various groups within her school to allow for faculty and staff members to create bonds and also to collaborate professionally in their curricula.
Cook, Kathryn Park. “Peer Coaches Network: Tapping into Friends Schools’ Greatest Resources.” Friends Council on Education Leadership Expressions Action Research (April 2015): 4–5.
Kathryn Park Cook started the Peer Coaches Network after finding a need for ways to help teachers constantly improve and grow professionally. The Peer Coaches Network pairs a coach and a “coachee” from different Friends schools and establishes a network of teacher evaluation and support.
The Rise of Quaker Education & Early Schools
Quaker Pedagogy: A Moral Approach to Experiential Learning
Diversity in Friends Schools
Friends School & Learning Differences
Friends School Leadership
Friends School Governance
Meeting for Worship
Friends School Culture