ERIC Number: ED383061
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1995-Feb
Reference Count: N/A
A Guide for 21st Century School Councils.
Lane Education Service District, Eugene, OR. Oregon Professional Development Center.
This guidebook was designed to help educational practitioners and community members in Oregon understand the issues regarding school-council formation and development. In 1991 the Oregon State Legislature passed the Oregon Educational Act for the 21st Century, mandating a fundamental change in public education. The Act assigns school councils the primary responsibility for developing and implementing the key components of Oregon's school-reform effort in each school building. The first section describes the legislative basis for school councils. Section 2 presents rules for school-council membership. The third section describes the six stages of school-council development--readiness and preparation; formation; group process and decision-making development; mission, vision, and action plan; transition; and institutionalization. Effective school councils are characterized by the following: (1) the recognition that council development is a time-consuming and continuous process; (2) clearly defined leadership roles; (3) the use of trained and neutral facilitators; (4) clear communication channels within and among participants; and (5) preparation for major systemic change. (LMI)
Descriptors: Educational Change, Elementary Secondary Education, Governing Boards, Participative Decision Making, Policy Formation, School Based Management, School Councils, School Restructuring
Oregon Professional Development Center, P.O. Box 2680, Eugene, OR 97402.
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Lane Education Service District, Eugene, OR. Oregon Professional Development Center.
Identifiers: Oregon; Oregon Education for the 21st Century 1991