ERIC Number: ED360685
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1992
Reference Count: N/A
Roger L. Sullivan High School: Success by Exhibition. Project Report.
This paper presents findings of one in a series of four case studies that examined leadership in schools committed to reform. Sullivan High School is an innovative, innercity Chicago (Illinois) high school dedicated to creating a learning environment based on critical thinking and intellectual experiences. The role of the principal as an instructional leader and the school's involvement with the Paideia instructional program are given special attention. The school's membership in the Alliance for Essential Schools is also described. The organizational structure of the school is examined as well as changes that have been made since the school's dedication to reform began. Case study methodology included onsite observation, interviews, and informal discussions. Findings indicate that the Paideia was a successful model for teacher inservice training. However, implementation of the Alliance program met with teacher reluctance to participate in restructuring. Barriers to Alliance program success included the time-consuming and ambiguous nature of the program, lack of teacher training in shared decision making, and an increased pupil/teacher ratio. Sullivan's overall success, however, was due to the competence, attitude, and diligence of the staff. (Contains 12 references.) (LMI)
Descriptors: Case Studies, Educational Change, Educational Environment, Educational Improvement, Educational Innovation, High Schools, Instructional Leadership, Models, Participative Decision Making, Resistance to Change
National Center for School Leadership, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 1208 W. Springfield, Urbana, IL 61801.
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Educational Research and Improvement (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: National Center for School Leadership, Urbana, IL.