ERIC Number: ED376575
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1994-Aug
An Innovative Approach to Developing Transformational School Leaders. The Masters and Educational Specialists Programs at the University of Missouri-Kansas City.
Hudson, Johnetta; Parish, Ralph
This paper describes efforts by the Division of Urban Leadership of Policy Studies in Education at the University of Missouri (Kansas City) to transform its traditional educational administration program. The program, developed in 1991, is based on the premise that school leaders must possess the ability to develop: (1) into a facilitator of relationships and outcomes; (2) collaborative and participative planning and decision-making structures (teams); (3) support networks from the community and within the school; (4) human and fiscal resources that enhance and support the outcomes and purposes of the school; (5) school organizations as cultures of renewal, risk, problem solving, trust, and caring; and (6) a school culture of reflective and critical thought concerning learning theory and practice, and human development. The course requirements, with the exception of the practicum, were combined into three thematic courses: Foundations of School Organization and Leadership; Management and Administration of Schools; and School, Teacher, and Student Development. Comments from student portfolios indicate that students valued the cooperative and supportive cohorts, the relevance of the courses to real-life situations, and stimulating discussion and debate. (LMI)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the National Conference of Professors of Educational Administration (48th, Indian Wells, CA, August 9-13, 1994). Cover title varies slightly.