Northwestern provides professional development training for local principals

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Northwestern provides professional development training for local principals

Assistant Professor Mark Jones from East Central UniversityMr. Mark Jones, assistant professor of education at East Central University, leads a session at Northwestern Oklahoma State University during the 21st Century Instructional Leadership professional development training.
Northwestern Oklahoma State University and East Central University (ECU) recently welcomed 14 principals from surrounding schools to Northwestern’s Alva campus to provide a professional development training titled 21st Century Instructional Leadership.

In conjunction to receiving external funding from the 21st Century Instructional Leadership Grant from the Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education, Northwestern and ECU partnered to provide resources in an effort to help principals give support to teachers in areas of classroom management, instructional leadership, mathematics and English/language arts standards, and to support more effective integration of technology in the classroom.

Spearheaded by Dr. Bo Hannaford, dean of the School of Professional Studies at Northwestern, and Dr. Jack Green, chair of the Department of Education at ECU, the professional development training was designed to improve instructional leaders’ abilities to analyze student assessment data in order to support data driven decisions impacting student learning and achievement; support classroom teacher effectiveness with integration of both mathematics content and language arts/reading content, instructional practices, and higher thinking skills based on the planned transition to new curriculum standards; utilize the Oklahoma Teacher and Leader Effectiveness System to support teacher growth and student achievement; utilize technology to model best practices for instruction and data driven decisions impacting student learning and achievement; and support teacher’s effectiveness with classroom management that leads to effective classroom instruction.

“I believe this was an excellent professional development opportunity for our local principals,” Hannaford said. “Not only do I believe they learned important strategies when it comes to supporting their teachers in the areas of classroom management, math and English standards, technology, and the TLE system, it allowed for them to build positive relationships with other professional colleagues in our area. That is important for any profession, and I am proud that Northwestern was a part in that.”

The area principals who participated in this professional development are:  Tim Argo and Ron Sunderland of Alva; Kenny Horn of Buffalo; Shane Feely of Burlington; Kevin Engle of Deer Creek-Lamont; Dudley Darrow, Jon Mitchell and Tommy Parker of Enid; Brett Hill of Freedom; Thad Dilbeck, Tami Flaspohler, Jill Henderson and Curtis Layton of Ponca City; and Dawna Nelson of Woodward.

“Dr. Hannaford and Dr. Green are two passionate educators who are offering change and outreach to administrators and teachers,” Feely said. “They have a great program that is impactful on classroom practice and performance.”

Hannaford and Green will present their professional development training at the National Rural Educations Association Conference in San Antonio in October.

For more information on Northwestern’s Department of Education, contact Hannaford at (580) 327-8532 or by email at