ERIC Number: ED381854
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1995-Feb
Site-Based Management: Avoiding Disaster While Sharing Decision Making.
Sorenson, Larry Dean
This paper argues that many site-based management practices do not represent true empowerment and are not founded on a consensual framework of values, goals, and priorities developed by educational stakeholders. In addition, they often lack clearly stated operating principles. The paper distinguishes between site-based management (SBM) and site-based leadership (SBL). SBL rather than SBM, for the most part, provides opportunities for the meaningful inclusion of teachers, parents, and others in achieving consensual school-improvement objectives. The paper offers a brief overview of SBM as currently practiced in many school districts and compares the dynamics of SBM and SBL. Barriers to successful SBL include the unwillingness to abandon traditional methods of operation, lack of time, role ambiguity, changing relationships, and lack of requisite knowledge and experience. Including stakeholders in the decision-making process while maintaining organizational focus requires agreement among stakeholders on long-term goals and purpose, open communication, district-level support and consensus, and site-based planning. (LMI)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Association of School Administrators (New Orleans, LA, February 10-13, 1995).