ERIC Number: ED357470
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1993
Reference Count: N/A
Leadership for Tomorrow's Schools.
Patterson, Jerry L.
This book presents a vision of leadership at work in the schools of tomorrow. School-based examples are used to provide guidelines for developing core values and using them to guide decision making. Chapter 1 proposes a framework that opens the organization to five areas: participation; diversity; conflict; reflection; and mistakes. The second chapter offers tips to help skeptics overcome their doubts and provides strategies for fighting the organizational status quo. Chapter 3 describes how tomorrow's values will look in action and outlines mistakes to avoid. Ways to create a "preferred future," rather than initiating reform that is pulled by the past, are presented in the fourth chapter. The process undertaken by the Appleton, Wisconsin, School District is also described. Chapter 5 describes how consensus decision making can be negotiated by openness to the above five areas and offers training suggestions for consensus building. The sixth chapter outlines seven basic guidelines for applying systems thinking to organizational problems. A scenario describes how such an organization might work. The last chapter presents the view that paradoxes are not mutually exclusive choices, but opportunities to combine seemingly incompatible elements. Seven figures are included. Appendices contain a position paper outlining the organizational values of the Appleton Area School District; examples of core values and guidelines for decision making; and a description of tools for reaching group decisions. (Contains 22 references.) (LMI)
Descriptors: Administrator Role, Change Strategies, Educational Administration, Educational Principles, Elementary Secondary Education, Futures (of Society), Leadership, Organizational Change, Organizational Climate, Systems Approach
Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development, 1250 N. Pitt Street, Alexandria, VA 22314 (Stock No. 611-93121; $11.95).
Publication Type: Books; Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development, Alexandria, VA.