ERIC Number: ED330067
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1988
Reference Count: N/A
The Superintendent; Vital Link between Education and Economic Development.
Pollard, Joyce S.
Insights on Policy and Practice, Sum 1988
In May 1988, at the request of State Superintendent for Instruction John Folks, about 50 Oklahoma school superintendents, legislators, association executives, and state department staff met to discuss education and economic development linkages. Participants heard numerous speakers, including superintendents, business representatives, economists, researchers, and community group representatives. Common themes were recognition that: (1) education-economic development linkages must change because the U.S. economy has become service-based; (2) luring industries to relocate in a community is largely futile; (3) central city school district adequacy is the key to community growth; and (4) local superintendents have substantive roles in economic development. Keynote speaker Alice MacDonald, Kentucky's former state superintendent, emphasized the superintendent's role as instructional leader, and the Southwestern Bell Telephone Area community relations manager stressed the importance of school systems as major employers. Augie Woodard, a superintendent and president of his community's chamber of commerce, suggested that the role of instructional leader merges with that of community leader. Several other speakers noted school-business partnerships as the key to improving educational quality and economic growth. A sidebar details ways for school districts to link education and economic development. (MLH)
Publication Type: Collected Works - Serials
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Educational Research and Improvement (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Southwest Educational Development Lab., Austin, TX.
Identifiers: Oklahoma; Partnerships in Education