ERIC Number: ED307660
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1988-May
Reference Count: 0
School-Site Management: Concepts and Approaches.
Mojkowski, Charles; Fleming, Douglas
Existing schooling structures cannot produce the changes necessary for substantial educational improvement. Although school-site management literature offers no procedural recipes, experience suggests that a certain configuration of concepts, processes, and enabling conditions can produce substantial and sustained school improvement. This paper defines principal concepts, describes primary school-site-management components, and outlines diverse applications of these concepts and components. Four concepts (focus on the school, expanded school team authority, teacher professionalism, and learner focus) are closely allied with four process components: (1) involving a wider group of stakeholders in decision-making; (2) empowering school stakeholders to make and implement decisions; (3) restructuring curriculum, instruction, and the organization; and (4) evaluating and reporting results to the community. Districts and schools construct their own school site management models by developing and implementing policies and procedures for addressing these components according to their own understanding. School site management is actually a configuration of decisions about how involvement, empowerment, restructuring, and accountability will be accomplished. Typically, districts adopting school based management interpret, organize, and practice it differently, as shown in seven programs in Connecticut; Ohio; Washington, D.C.; Massachusetts; Rhode Island; and Florida. Considerations for planning and implementation are discussed and a selected list of 29 references is appended. (MLH)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Rhode Island Educational Leadership Academy, Cranston.