ERIC Number: ED446359
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2000-Apr
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How Leadership Is Shared and Visions Emerge in the Creation of Learning Communities.
Hipp, Kristine A.; Huffman, Jane B.
This paper provides a snapshot of 19 diverse school settings that have committed themselves to whole-school reform to make a meaningful difference in the lives of their students. The schools in this study reflect schools across the country and represent various levels of readiness. Earlier findings in these schools indicated that "although schools are attending to many things, many of them are not attending to matters that make a difference in the way schools operate and in the outcomes for students." Using Hord's five-dimensional model as a comprehensive design, the study's findings indicate that the key factor in whole-school reform is the leadership of the principal. Leadership practices in high-readiness schools were more effective than those in low-readiness schools in all areas under study: shared leadership, inspired responsibility for a shared vision, empowered decision-making, and inclusivity of staff. Principals in high-readiness schools were not coercive or controlling; they shared leadership, imaging it in the likeness of new conceptions of leadership. These principals were selective in their focus on a shared vision. Some elicited the dreams of others, while some shared their own visions and sought to mobilize efforts accordingly. (Contains 40 references.) (DFR)
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