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ERIC Number: ED435336
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1997
Pages: 14
Abstractor: N/A
A Model for a Mission.
Kushner, Remigia
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)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Practitioners
Language: English
Sponsor: 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).