ERIC Number: ED184222
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1980-Feb-18
Reference Count: 0
The Department of Education: Its Relationship to Administrators, Teachers, and Students.
Smith, William L.
This speech begins with remarks about the importance of the new Department of Education. According to the author, the first secretary of education, Shirley Hufstedler, sees the new department as dedicated, striving for quality, supportive rather than directive, responsive, and confident of the ability of the people to make educational decisions. The author then addresses the question of how administrators can help teachers succeed. He believes that student achievement is strongly affected by the environment professional educators create. Components of this environment are teachers' concern for school and classroom structure; sense of purpose, role, and commitment; degree of confidence in themselves, their methods and subject, and their students; recognition of and sensitivity to instructional opportunities; own successful experience; and interest in continuous professional development. The administrator's role is to bring forth the best in teachers through his or her own commitment to education. Administrators must realize that teachers need more time for mutual observation and collaboration. Principals should both put new teachers in situations in which they are likely to experience early success and encourage beginning teachers to get advice from colleagues. One challenge is to design all training and retraining for education personnel around awareness and understanding of tomorrow's world. (Author/JM)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Department of Education
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Association of School Administrators (112th, Anaheim, CA, February 15-18, 1980).