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ERIC Number: ED354134
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1992
Pages: 12
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A Challenge for School Boards' Leadership in Rural America.
Van Alfen, Curtis
Local boards of education in rural school districts have a unique opportunity to strengthen education through empowering various constituencies. Research shows that people believe in the potential of the local board, but also believe that school boards often fail to move effectively on critical leadership issues. Leadership as a process of empowerment is characterized by clarity of vision, empowerment of subordinates, and emphasis on growth and renewal. This view of leadership suggests changes in the relationship between school boards and superintendents. School boards need to build coalitions and develop linkages among educational professionals, patrons, community and business leaders, and other interested stakeholders involved in the process of educating children. In this leadership role, the board and superintendent can work together toward empowerment of all constituencies. Forming linkages involves written policies that demonstrate congruence of expectations, values, and goals. School boards need to invest time in advocacy, developing goals and strategic planning, promoting cooperation and assertiveness, developing an educational mission, coordinating policy, overseeing functions, and encouraging collaboration. The challenge for the board of education is to develop a perception of its role as the catalyst to empower the teachers, administrators, and community at large to improve the learning environment for all participants. (LP)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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