ERIC Number: ED309510
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1989
Lindelow, John; Bentley, Scott
Chapter 6 of a revised volume on school leadership, this chapter defines and explains management teams and describes several successful examples of team management. Superintendents have come to rely on their management team's expertise to resolve increasingly complex policy, administrative, and instructional issues. Although team management has been variously defined, in this chapter the focus is on a formally constituted group of experienced central office and building level administrators committed to a structured decision-making process endorsed by the school board and the superintendent. Popular in the 1960s as a response to collective bargaining, team management has proved effective in broadening decision-making participation and improving administrative efficiency. Since team management approaches differ, each district must find a responsive model and modify it to meet district needs. Management teams vary according to membership and organization type, degree of power and trust, board-administrator agreement, decision-making style, and evaluation method. Successful team management demands strong commitment to trust and shared decision-making among all participants. Team design is also crucial, especially regarding communication channels. Successful team management efforts in Yakima, Washington; Rio Linda, California; and Attleboro, Massachusetts are described. All three examples feature a strong superintendent possessing sophisticated organizational skills. (MLH)
Publication Type: ERIC Publications; Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Educational Research and Improvement (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: ERIC Clearinghouse on Educational Management, Eugene, OR.
Note: In "School Leadership: Handbook for Excellence" (EA 020 964). For first edition, see ED 209 736.