ERIC Number: ED356537
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1993-Mar
Managing Change in Restructuring Schools: Culture, Leadership, and Readiness.
Conley, David T.
OSSC Bulletin, v36 n7 Mar 1993
Factors that can powerfully affect an educator's ability to manage school change are culture, leadership, and readiness. Movement from bureaucracy to community, from isolation to collaboration, involves cultural changes. Managing the change process within a cultural context is influenced by the structural, human resources, political, and symbolic frames of reference that a leader employs when analyzing the organization. Leadership in schools continues to revolve around the role of principal. Principals need to develop a clear, unified focus, create a common cultural perspective, and support a constant push for improvement. Creating readiness for change is a precondition to restructuring. Several models suggest stages that leaders should understand before they begin a transformative change process. Ten commitments to change that a school staff might embrace are identified, and a series of questions are provided that can be used to assess current practices and ascertain which restructuring goals a school is ready to undertake. One effective means of building readiness is to provide staff the opportunity to visit schools that are actively involved in restructuring and ask questions about meaning, organization, and effects of change. (Contains 23 references.) (MLF)
Descriptors: Administrator Role, Change Strategies, Culture, Educational Assessment, Educational Change, Educational Environment, Elementary Secondary Education, Leadership, Models, Organizational Climate, Principals, Resistance to Change, School Culture, School Restructuring
Oregon School Study Council, 1787 Agate Street, Eugene, OR 97403 ($7 nonmember, $4.50 member, $3 postage and handling; quantity discounts).
Publication Type: Collected Works - Serials; Information Analyses; Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Administrators; Practitioners
Authoring Institution: Oregon School Study Council, Eugene.