ERIC Number: ED357498
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1992-Oct
Strategic Planning for Multicultural Education.
Rinehart, James S.
School restructuring is a major concern of administrators. Because of America's pluralistic society, restructured schools should develop equal educational opportunity for all and an appreciation for diversity. Strategic planning is one process used in school restructuring. School restructuring has had different goals throughout educational history. More recently, reform has been qualitative, with emphasis on what is taught and learned. The administrator's role is important in determining if all students benefit from restructuring. Administrators need to be aware of their different constituencies and their knowledge, power, and resource differences. Research on multicultural education has tended to focus on equal educational opportunity, on curriculum and instructional issues, or on examples of restructured schools for multicultural education. The global economy, a growing and aging population, and increased awareness of diversity all have complicated education planning. Strategic planning's longer time periods, flexibility, and inclusiveness can help meet these challenges. A small-city school system in the Southeast that used strategic planning involved a broad range of stakeholders, established goals, and had persons responsible for different areas. However, the composition of participants did not adequately represent the diversity of the community. (Contains 17 references.) (JPT)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Information Analyses; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Conference of the University Council for Educational Administration (Minneapolis, MN, October 30-November 1, 1992).