ERIC Number: ED209741
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1981
Reference Count: N/A
Chapter 5 of a volume on school leadership, this chapter reviews the literature to define and explain management teams and to describe several successful management team arrangements. The author begins by noting that team management has recently enjoyed a resurgence as a response to collective negotiations, but beyond this function can have value in its own right as a way of improving school administration. The author emphasizes that for a team arrangement to be successful, trust among all parties--administrators, superintendent, and board--is important and that the superintendent's commitment to power sharing is essential. Additionally, he maintains that the design of the team management system is crucial, especially its communication channels. He notes that the team agreement need not be in writing and describes different types of team arrangements for different sized districts. The author emphasizes that the primary purpose of the management team is to bring middle-echelon administrators into the district's decision-making processes. Using information from interviews and articles, three examples of successful teams are described, in Yakima, Washington, Rio Linda, California, and in Attleboro, Massachusetts. (Author/JM)
Descriptors: Administrator Responsibility, Administrator Role, Boards of Education, Communication (Thought Transfer), Educational Administration, Elementary Secondary Education, Management Teams, Participative Decision Making, Policy Formation, Power Structure, Principals, School Administration, Superintendents
Not available separately; see EA 014 193.
Publication Type: ERIC Publications; Guides - Non-Classroom; Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Inst. of Education (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: ERIC Clearinghouse on Educational Management, Eugene, OR.
Identifiers: Attleboro Public School District MA; Rio Linda Elementary School District CA; Yakima Public School District WA
Note: Chapter 5 of "School Leadership: Handbook for Survival" (EA 014 193). For related documents, see EA 014 193-204 and ED 189 680.