ERIC Number: ED439864
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1998
Reference Count: N/A
Leadership for Better Schools.
Heartland Center for Leadership Development, Lincoln, NE.
Even the best schools must undertake a systematic and continuous appraisal of their current condition and future directions if they are to remain valuable and viable contributors to their community's quality of life. It is clear that schools cannot undertake that appraisal unless it is done in full partnership with the communities in which they are located. This manual was written to help schools and communities undertake such a joint planning process, with the future of both the school and community in mind. One way to get started on a joint planning process is to engage citizens in thinking about a preferred future for both the school and community, then engage the community in a process of identifying critical issues, relevant assets, and key strategies that will move the community toward that preferred future. This manual describes a step-by-step approach to such a process. Chapter 1 addresses building the leadership team, including the importance of community engagement and strategies for increasing it. Chapter 2 describes developing the school-community vision. Chapter 3 discusses identifying issues. Chapter 4 is about mapping community and school assets. Chapter 5 describes developing an action plan, including setting goals, developing strategies, defining activities, and steps for implementation. Chapter 6 discusses monitoring results. Each step is explained in depth, with suggestions on how to proceed and activities that support each step. (TD)
Descriptors: Change Strategies, Community Involvement, Cooperative Planning, Educational Change, Elementary Secondary Education, Futures (of Society), Leadership Training, Long Range Planning, School Community Relationship, Self Evaluation (Groups), Strategic Planning
New Iowa Schools Development Corporation, 777 Third St., Suite 317, Des Moines, IA 50309-1317. Tel: 515-471-8055.
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: New Iowa Schools Development Corporation, Des Moines.
Authoring Institution: Heartland Center for Leadership Development, Lincoln, NE.
Identifiers - Location: Iowa