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ERIC Number: ED416195
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1996-Jun
Pages: 9
Abstractor: N/A
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Implementing School Centered Decision Making.
Wheeler, Nedra; Agruso, Ramona
This paper describes conditions and processes involved in implementing school-based decision making (SBDM), examining an outcomes-driven developmental model (ODDM) and describing the training components within Springfield, Missouri's and Kentucky's strategic plans. The Springfield Board of Education approved a plan to guide a schoolwide community staff development process utilizing the ODDM process. The training developed a SBDM model to help each school achieve its goal of success for all students. In Kentucky, the changing political context at the school level provided the basis for a problem-based learning module for principals implementing Kentucky's school-based reform. A research project examined problems encountered in implementing SBDM in Kentucky and explored issues related to leadership, school and community empowerment, and principal training and preparation. SBDM helps move schools from a centralized system into a participative management mode by extending the principal's leadership role to many individuals who engage in ongoing dialogue. SBDM emphasizes school improvement and management at the building level. It involves administrators, teachers, parents, and community members in a team-building, consensus mode designed to create a school plan to produce improved student outcomes. As schools move to participative management, they must consider such issues as changes in the principal's role and the need to develop other leaders in the school community who can manage in a SBDM environment. Principals need specialized staff development to meet the new demands of legislated reform. (Contains 15 references.) (SM)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Kentucky; Missouri; New York