Date of Award


Document Type

Open Access Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Arts in Leadership (MAL)




This project addresses the need for teachers to study their own practices and identify effective practices for making changes and implementing new learning. It also posed a need for supporting teachers in today's changing educational system. The author researched four major areas: self reflection, portfolios, peer coaching and adult learning in a quest to learn more about techniques to encourage life long learning and continued professional development. The author then enhanced the existing peer coaching training in the Eden Prairie School district by embedding some of the new learning from the research. The major changes to the training model include effective strategies for adult learning, meaningful goal setting and a self reflection portfolio. The training model consists of three, six hour days. Evaluations showed the areas of success in this model and also the shortcomings. The author summarized these and provided recommendations about why and how to teach self reflection skills to teachers.


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