ERIC Number: ED425506
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1998-Apr
Changing Our Ways: Realigning Strategy, Structure, and Systems with Mission.
Wolverton, Mimi; Gmelch, Walter H.
Strategic planning ties an institution's mission to its budgeting process, thus coordinating institutional planning efforts in the face of environmental uncertainty. This paper discusses how schools must arrange those systems that determine how strategies will be aligned with the schools' underlying mission and core values. The text focuses on the efforts of one moderately-sized school district to realign its strategy-making, system development, and structure building with its underlying mission and, in the process, provide the district with more inclusive planning and more responsive and creative leadership. The school district serves 2,200 students in a university town of 8,000 permanent residents. From 1992 to 1997 the district engaged in strategic planning. Twenty-nine administrators, teachers, and community representatives gathered for a 1-day retreat and created the district's mission statement. They then derived a statement of beliefs they felt undergirded the mission statement and a set of parameters within which the district should function. To move toward the objectives, the operational structure of the district underwent a series of changes, especially to solidify governance in order to ensure coordination and efficiency in district decision-making. Other parts of the process are reported. (Contains 16 references and 2 figures.) (RJM)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (San Diego, CA, April 13-17, 1998).