ERIC Number: ED170864
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1979-Apr
Reference Count: 0
Planning and Decision-Making at the Local School Level.
Alexander, Dorothy L.
The Dallas Independent School District has tried to address the problems involved in providing appropriate education for diverse communities by establishing minimum long-range goals and annual objectives in priority subject areas. The Campus Level Planning Project was a program to encourage program planning at the local school level. Each participating school organized a planning team composed of the principal, school personnel, and representatives of the community. During the project's three years of operation, twenty-eight schools completed program plans. Many other schools volunteered for assistance but dropped out of the project. A project staff assisted the planning teams. Major conclusions of the experience were that local school personnel do not feel a need to do formal planning; the planning team approach presupposes both a propensity toward shared decision-making by administrators and a healthy school climate; systematic planning at the school level is more likely to occur when planning is tactical as opposed to strategic; and school personnel value data for decision-making more than they do for planning. The greatest achievement of the program was exposing school personnel to data sources and training them in utilizing these data sources for immediate instructional and operational purposes. (Author/JM)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Campus Level Planning Project; Dallas Independent School District TX
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (San Francisco, California, April 8-12, 1979)