ERIC Number: ED377560
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1994
Transforming State Education Agencies To Support Education Reform.
David, Jane L.
To answer the question of how to build the capacity of state and local educational systems to implement systemic reform, the National Governors' Association (NGA) convened two meetings of educators and policymakers and commissioned three supporting papers from knowledgeable educators. This volume contains an overview report of the conferences and includes the following three papers: (1) "State Education Agencies: Partners in Reform" (Paul G. LeMahieu and Bonnie A. Lesley); (2) "A View from the Cities: State Reform, Technical Assistance, and Professional Development" (Michael D. Casserly); and (3) "An Analysis of Survey Data on the Transformation of State Departments of Education" (John T. MacDonald). Meeting participants focused on the dual challenge facing state education agencies (SEAs) as they try to transform themselves and simultaneously help local education agencies undertake similar changes. It is recommended that SEAs change their conceptions of professional development for administrators and teachers, as well as their communication and organizational structures. Given the complex array of internal and external barriers, SEAs must change their functions from monitoring to assisting and from service delivery to collaboration and the empowerment of others. Governors can strengthen the potential of systemic reform by publicizing the importance of educational reform, promoting investment in the development of the education work force, and pressing for the elimination of unnecessary federal regulations. Eight figures are included. Appendices contain a list of meeting participants and the three supporting papers. (LMI)
Descriptors: Educational Change, Elementary Secondary Education, Resistance to Change, School Restructuring, State Action, State Agencies, State Departments of Education, State Government
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Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative; Collected Works - Proceedings
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Annie E. Casey Foundation, Greenwich, CT.
Authoring Institution: National Governors' Association, Washington, DC. Center for Policy Research.