ERIC Number: ED399643
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1996-Jul
The Role of Leadership in Sustaining School Reform: Voices from the Field.
Nadeau, Adel; Leighton, Mary S.
"Strong leadership" is almost always listed as an attribute of successful schools. To learn the views of outstanding school leaders, each regional representative of the U.S. Department of Education (USED) convened a meeting of 25-30 local educators well known for their leadership in sustained school-improvement efforts. The groups were composed of principals, teachers, parents, and others. This report summarizes focus-group participants' views toward and personal experiences with leadership for sustained reform. Respondents said that effective leaders cultivated a broad definition of community and gave voice to all stakeholders; were committed to the dream and adopted key values; used knowledge to minimize failure and encourage risk-taking; demonstrated savvy and persistence; and put to use an array of personal characteristics (humor, passion, empathy, creativity, common sense, and patience). The sample reported that they utilized three kinds of self-assessment strategies--individual, small-group, and formal. Competence in designing and implementing self-assessment plans should be a central element of leaders' professional development. Two tables are included. Appendices contain excerpts from the Leadership Rubric aligned with provisions of the Kentucky Education Reform Act and a list of additional resources. (LMI)
Descriptors: Educational Change, Educational Improvement, Elementary Secondary Education, Leadership, Leadership Qualities, Leadership Responsibility, Leadership Styles, Leadership Training, Portfolio Assessment, Professional Development, School Restructuring, Self Evaluation (Individuals)
U.S. Government Printing Office, Superintendent of Documents, Mail Stop: SSOP, Washington, DC 20402-9328.
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Department of Education, Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Policy Studies Associates, Inc., Washington, DC.
Grant or Contract Numbers: N/A