ERIC Number: ED360686
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1992
Reference Count: N/A
D. Charles E. Gavin School: A Case Study. Project Report.
Diedrich-Rielly, Irene; Zenz, Kathleen
This paper presents findings of one in a series of case studies designed to study leadership in schools committed to reform. Gavin Elementary School in Chicago Heights, Illinois, serves a predominantly African-American, low-income, neighborhood. In 1988, the school's achievement test scores were the lowest in the lowest-achieving Illinois school district. This paper describes the school's attempts to shield students from the surrounding harsh conditions while engaging in a mutually supportive relationship with the community. It examines the leadership structure at work within the school and how it successfully creates a healthy, caring, learning environment. The school's affiliation with the Illinois Network of Accelerated Schools is also described. Conclusions are that a school's mission develops from real-life experience rather than from workshop exercises and that intrinsic rewards drive staff commitment. In the final section, the researcher describes the personal lessons she learned from the experience and offers reflections on the relevance of her white-liberal philosophy for the realities of poverty. The case study methodology included onsite observation, interviews with stakeholders, and informal discussions. (LMI)
Descriptors: Case Studies, Disadvantaged Schools, Educational Environment, Elementary Education, Group Unity, Institutional Mission, Leadership, Leadership Styles, Organizational Climate, Participative Decision Making
National Center for School Leadership, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 1208 W. Springfield, Urbana, IL 61801 ($8).
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.