ERIC Number: ED369140
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1993
A Practical Guide to Effective Site-Based Management.
Reynolds, Larry J.
Although site-based management is very popular, it is not always well understood or implemented. Seeking a middle ground between leadership theory and practice, this practical guidebook provides a systemwide approach to site-based management as a school improvement strategy; integrates a student-oriented, strategic-planning process; identifies 9 essential perspectives and skills required to support SBM; recommends a 25-step implementation process; defines new roles and responsibilities of central-office personnel, principals, and onsite teams; and provides work sheets and guidelines applicable to different settings. The book also identifies eight SBM implementation problems, including lack of central-office leadership, lack of overriding vision, lack of interbuilding coordination; unclear central office-building relationship, lack of building level's "big picture" awareness, inefficient and ineffective team meetings, control-bound principals, and SBM viewed as another "add-on." Nine essential components for supporting SBM include adopting a systemwide perspective, understanding the context of change, developing leadership perspectives and sills, creating a shared vision, developing strategic planning skills, defining new roles, enhancing the work environment, understanding group dynamics, and clarifying accountability. (MLH)
Descriptors: Administrator Role, Central Office Administrators, Change Strategies, Elementary Secondary Education, Leadership Responsibility, Principals, Program Implementation, School Administration, School Based Management, Strategic Planning, Theory Practice Relationship
Educational Cooperative Service Unit of the Metropolitan Twin Cities Area, 3499 Lexington Avenue North, St. Paul, MN 55126-8017.
Publication Type: Books; Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Metropolitan Educational Cooperative Service Unit of the Twin Cities Area, St. Paul, MN.