ERIC Number: ED390585
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1993
Superintendents of Small Districts and School Improvement: Planning, Providing Resources and Professional Development.
Boyd, Victoria; Fitzgibbon, Kathleen
Issues about Change, v3 n1 1993
This newsletter provides examples from four small, rural school districts of how innovative superintendents plan and provide resources and provide staff development, which are two of the six ways that school administrators effect change. The superintendents are located in a small poor district in the Arkansas Mississippi Delta region, a primarily Hispanic small city in northeastern New Mexico, a small rural K-12 school in Oklahoma, and a northeastern Oklahoma district in which 75 percent of students are Native American. Interviews with the four superintendents describe how they go about implementing their visions of school improvement by identifying important educational needs or deficiencies, by aggressively searching for supplemental funding, and by promoting staff development opportunities that involve teachers in the change process. The superintendents offer guidelines and advice to other administrators implementing change in small or rural school districts. Tips include: identify special needs and select programs for needs; utilize available state and service agency resources; identify school budget funding resources; subscribe to the "Federal Register"; write and submit grant proposals; train staff for grant writing; survey needs of parents; replicate successful programs; identify and visit model schools; assist in passage of bond issues; network with colleagues; work with local higher education institutions; conduct workshops; and use available community resources. Contains 10 references. (RE)
Descriptors: Administrator Role, Change Agents, Change Strategies, Educational Change, Elementary Secondary Education, Instructional Leadership, Professional Development, Rural Education, Rural Schools, School Districts, Small Schools, Superintendents
Southwest Educational Development Laboratory, 211 East Seventh St., Austin, TX 78701.
Publication Type: Collected Works - Serials
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Educational Research and Improvement (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Southwest Educational Development Lab., Austin, TX.