ERIC Number: ED430277
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1998
Standards Principles for Principals. Standards for Excellence in Education.
Paulus, Norma; Bartley, Marcia; White, Robbie; Welch, Thomas
This booklet contains essays by three principals in which they describe why they chose to organize their schools around standards and the challenges and successes they encountered along the way. It details the themes associated with the successful implementation of standards, such as continuous learning, patience, resourcefulness, creativity, supportiveness, and advocacy. Present throughout the essays is the notion that principals are the ones who place standards at the center of teaching and learning. The document is intended to provide principals guidance for implementing standards-based education and encourages principals to view themselves as critical players in improving student performance. It recounts the stories of three principals, one from an elementary school, one from a middle school, and one from a high school, and their efforts to implement standards in their schools. Each principal's account details the difficulties in instituting standards-based education and the need for hard work, community support, and teachers' endorsement. The essays touch on participatory leadership, the establishment of goals, the need for conflict management and parental support, expectations for students, a rigorous process of assessment, schoolwide portfolio meetings, inclusive leadership, the use of academies, the importance of scheduling, and the positive changes attributed to standards. (RJM)
Descriptors: Academic Standards, Change Strategies, Elementary Secondary Education, Excellence in Education, Instructional Effectiveness, Instructional Leadership, Principals, Resistance to Change
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Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Pew Charitable Trusts, Philadelphia, PA.; John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, Chicago, IL.; Carnegie Corp. of New York, NY.
Authoring Institution: Council for Basic Education, Washington, DC.
Note: In: Standards for Excellence. [Multimedia Kit]., see EA 029 788.