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ERIC Number: ED380862
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1994-Oct
Pages: 27
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Systemic Restructuring: Essential Leadership Factors for Successful Inclusive Schools.
Guzman, Nadyne
This paper presents findings of a study that examined the leadership factors that emerged during the planning and implementation of a neighborhood schooling program for special education students with mild and moderate handicapping conditions in 12 schools in an urban school district in a community in the southwestern United States. Leadership is defined as a reciprocal, multidirectional, noncoercive influence that involves multiple leaders and followers within a system. Methods involved: (1) surveys of 244 teachers and support staff in 11 of the 12 elementary schools, follow-up surveys in all 12 buildings, and a parent survey; (2) interviews with 11 principals, parent leaders, central office administrators, and the new district superintendent; (3) the development of a teacher focus group; and (4) observation of parent groups and administrators. It is recommended that teachers utilize a trainer-of-trainees model, formalize team building and decision-making structures, and develop individual school plans for communicating issues of inclusion. Principals should offer ongoing structured collegial support and professional-development opportunities and provide specific skills and knowledge training. It is advised that central office administrators be included on building teams and participate in the daily reality of the schools. (LMI)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Colorado