ERIC Number: ED427415
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1999
Restructuring an Educational Leadership Program: A Journey from Organization to Community.
Kochan, Frances K.; Reed, Cynthia J.; Twale, Darla J.; Jones, Virginia C.
The past decade has been filled with widespread calls to institute systemic change in schools. This paper shares insights gained from one program that shifted from a traditional organizational view of educational leadership preparation to an inclusive approach that emphasizes community building. The Educational Leadership Program drew on four theoretical frames: Sergiovanni's notion of community, Senge's five disciplines and systems approach to change, Hargreaves' concept of reculturing, and Sarason's call to revise education and the roles of educators. During formation of the program various concepts were emphasized: all knowledge and people are to be respected; everyone is a self-directed, life-long learner; the fields of practice and theory are integrated; and bonds between people create a sense of belonging. The text details how external networks were expanded, how curriculum and instructional strategies were revised to support the model and the mission, how community was enhanced through cohorts, and how activities were used to enhance communication among and between various groups. After 4 years, participants were able to create a conceptual framework in which they brought together a diversity of voices to create a mission. Some of the many challenges in creating such a model are discussed. (Contains 46 references.) (RJM)
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