ERIC Number: ED324755
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1988-May-6
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Trends in Elementary School Administration.
Clough, Dick B.
This paper discusses four recent trends affecting elementary school administration, concentrating on the most important trend--the new emphasis on the elementary principal as instructional leader. Schools where principals are actively involved in instructional programs are places charged with excitement, cooperation, professionalism, and a climate of open acceptance and support. Instructional leaders are distinguished by a clearly defined school vision, an ability to translate vision into instructional goals and expectations for students and teachers, creation of a supportive school environment, involvement in monitoring instructional programs, and an ability to intervene in a supportive or corrective manner when necessary. Obstacles to instructional leadership may be diminished by learning more effective time management and delegation practices. The second significant trend is the restructuring of the elementary principal's role to encompass change agent and risk-taker responsibilities. The third trend is that elementary principals' responsibilities are being redefined to include provision of individualized and personalized staff development opportunities. Principals are learning to become resource providers and instructional resource facilitators. The fourth trend is recognition of the important role that elementary principals must play in early identification of at-risk students. (MLH)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Note: Address to the Southeastern Regional Workshop of the Arkansas Association of Elementary Principals (Risen, AR, May 6, 1988).