ERIC Number: ED208558
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1981-Apr-5
Reference Count: 0
Two Heads ARE Better!
Hartley, Carolyn W.; Brown, Patricia
In this talk, a principal and assistant principal take turns relating personal day-to-day experiences as partners in a management team in a way that shows why they favor shared leadership with assignment of responsibilities based on strengths and needs rather than on tradition. Besides relating anecdotes, the authors question the effectiveness of the traditional separation of the principal's and assistant principal's jobs and instead advocate a team relationship that is in tune with the goals and needs of today's schools. They do warn however, that the approach has some problems, including lack of understanding by colleagues, perceived loss of power, and legal restrictions on power sharing. Included in the paper is their Management Team Task Assessment Form, which can be used in determining which member of the team assigns or performs each of the tasks of the principalship. (Author/JM)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Opinion Papers; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the National Association of Elementary School Principals (Anaheim, CA, April 4-8, 1981).