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Research Areas of Interest

In 2014, the PASA Research and Development Committee, in conjunction with the Director of Professional Development and the PASA Professional Development Committee, created and administered the PASA Professional Development Needs Assessment Survey, A Profile of Pennsylvania's Most Urgent Professional Development & Research and Development Needs for School Administrators, to over 800 school leaders.  The information is contributing to developing and supporting high potential professional development plans for school administrators and PASA Research Fellow research activities that align with school administrators' needs and PASA's 2013-18 Strategic Plan. 
 
Current research and development interests include, but are not limited to, the following K-12 topics (listed by priority):
 
Curriculum and Instructional Leadership
 
Curriculum assessment, alignment and School Performance Profile (SPP)
* Principal performance evaluation system
* Teacher performance evaluation system
 
Educational technology for school leaders
 
Educational Leadership and Management
 
Transformational leadership and school change
* Team building in school systems
* School leadership development for school administrators
 
Diversity and intercultural communications
 
Staffing Needs
* Certification
* Highly-qualified requirements
* Anticipated staff turnover in critical areas
 
School finance
 
School facilities
 
Educational Policy and Organizations
 
School law and politics
 
Cyber education and cyber-charter schools
 
School accountability issues and mandates
* No Child Left Behind
* PSSA, Keystones and SPP
 
Special education
* Staffing
* Budgeting
* Pupil Identification
 
Creativity and Innovation
 
Global and international education leadership
 
School and community partnerships and relations
 
Questions concerning these issues and/or the PASA Research Fellows program may be director to Dr. Joyce Pittman, chair of the Research & Development Committee, at jap386@drexel.edu or jpittman.pasard@gmail.com.