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ERIC Number: ED431227
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1999-Apr
Pages: 14
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Leadership in a Turbulent Policy Environment. Implications for School Leaders: Evidence from the Field.
Trider, Don
This paper examines the turbulent policy environment of school-district leaders by placing five topics under the microscope. Using a first-person narrative, the report describes the move toward a public/private partnership for student transportation, the amalgamation of school boards, issues surrounding governance, school closures, dealing with a major schoolyard incident, interacting with the media, the system leader as vision builder, the system leader as human-relations specialist, the system leader responding to challenges, and the system leader's approach to change. The paper stresses that at a particular point in time, turbulence will cease and the system leader will be able to address leadership in a stable environment; system leaders must avoid the temptation to view their roles as strategic and not operational; and school board members must understand that a system leader must adopt an eclectic approach for change. It concludes that system leaders can no longer depend on the support of elected school-board members, and that the shift to decentralization and community involvement will demand understanding as well as a change in leadership and attitude. Structural change, change that rarely intersects with learning, will not affect the classroom without hard work and constant attention. (RJM)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Canada