An Examination of Principal Professional Development and its Alignment to Professional Standards and Professional Development Constructs


  • Suzanne Rodriguez California State University, Fresno
  • Jennifer Moradian Watson California State University, Fresno
  • Mariya Yukhymenko California State University, Fresno



educational leadership, principal professional development, leadership development, principal pipeline


Principals need and require specific professional development that is rigorous, effective, and aligned to professional leadership standards and effective professional development constructs. This case study examined the professional development strategies, and practices, used by school districts and their alignment to the California Professional Standards for Educational Leaders (CPSEL) and effective professional development constructs. School district administrators and principals representing the Southern San Joaquin Valley, a predominantly rural area of California, participated in this research via interviews and focus groups. This research is critical as rural areas are often underrepresented in educational research. The findings indicate a lack of intentional alignment of principal professional development with professional standards and professional development constructs. The findings call for districts to take an intentional approach to principal development that is aligned with these frameworks to ensure principals are provided with effective and rigorous support for their educational leadership, growth, and development.


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