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ERIC Number: ED257180
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1985-Apr-3
Pages: 13
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: N/A
Decentralization of Decision Making: Riverside Revisited--An Historical Analysis.
Wissler, Dorothy Fast
Under the superintendent's guidance, the Riverside (California) Unified School District underwent decentralization between 1960 and 1978. The process involved seven stages: (1) conceptualizing and actualizing a "cooperative community" committed to educating every child, (2) communicating these concepts to key individuals, (3) restructuring the central office to accommodate a new orientation toward service, (4) recasting the superintendent's support staff, (5) challenging principals to become instructional leaders, (6) involving representative teachers directly in decision-making, and (7) establishing a method for regularly renewing commitment to decentralization. The superintendent's role was critical and required a leadership style designated as "intentional." Contact was maintained with persons at all levels inside and outside the school organization, rather than through hierarchical channels. The primary "instruments" used by the superintendent in the process were intelligence, instruction, and integrity. Decentralization led to greater activity by the school board, more openness and cooperation in the central office, the taking of more risks by principals, and teachers' changing their teaching styles and attitudes. The information upon which this report is based was gathered through interviews; a review of documents including board minutes, newspapers, and staff directories; and observations of a class taught by the superintendent in question. (PGD)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Researchers
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A