ERIC Number: ED345380
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1992-Feb
Reference Count: 0
Student Participation in Your School Improvement Program.
Newman, Jay B.
Educator's decisions affect the lives of students, and it is for this reason that input from students about their school life is important. A major concern of educators is that students will make irresponsible decisions, but experience shows that they will make excellent decisions when guided in the decision-making process by a caring and open adult. To establish an environment that encourages students to value their school experience, schools must involve them in important decision making efforts. This paper gives an explanation as to how Sturgis High School brought a large group of students into the school improvement process. Three areas of focus are detailed. The first is goal setting, having the students dream and visualize what school can be. The second is strategic planning, getting the students involved in developing ways to achieve the school's goals. The third focus area is decision making, where it becomes necessary to make some decisions concerning what will be implemented, what will be put on hold, what will be scrapped. A model by Willis Furtwengler (1990-91) useful in this decision making process is explained. A section on getting students involved concludes the paper. (RR)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the National Association of Secondary School Principals (San Francisco, CA, February 14-18, 1992).