ERIC Number: ED435336
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1997
A Model for a Mission.
This concept paper prepared for a conference on the theme of "2000 and Beyond: Preparing Quality Leaders for the Schools of Tomorrow," offers some suggestions for how future school leaders should prepare in order to develop pre- and in-service programs for current and future elementary and middle school principals. The paper offers a model of quality education that is based on lasting principles of excellence, dignity, and connectedness, with excellence conceived of as surpassing one's personal best, dignity being achieved by choosing actions and participating in activities that contribute to self-esteem and self-respect, and connectedness meaning drawing people together rather than separating, segregating, or discriminating against them, and including others in decision making. A quality education requires a supportive environment, which is defined as an organization that reaches toward the future and has leaders who possess the skills for building a community of learners. Such a supportive environment can be conceptualized as having four cornerstones that represent fundamental human needs: to live, to love, to learn, to leave a legacy. Other sections of the paper discuss related literature and research, the fit of the model, and implications for the profession. (Contains 22 references.) (CH)
Descriptors: Change Strategies, Educational Change, Educational Environment, Elementary Secondary Education, Excellence in Education, Higher Education, Individual Development, Instructional Leadership, Leadership Responsibility, Leadership Training, Learning, Learning Experience, Middle Schools, School Administration, Teacher Education, Teacher Educators
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the annual conference of the National Council of Professors of Educational Administration (51st, Vail, CO, August 11-16, 1997).