ERIC Number: ED450169
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2001-Feb
Reference Count: N/A
Organization Facilitators: A Change Agent for Systemic School and Community Changes. A Center Report.
California Univ., Los Angeles. Center for Mental Health in Schools.
This report discusses use of organizational facilitators as agents for school change. Substantive change requires guidance and support from professionals with mastery level competence for creating a climate for change, facilitating change processes, and establishing an institutional culture where key stakeholders continue to learn and evolve. The organization facilitator is intended to provide expertise necessary to help schools implement and institutionalize substantially new approaches. Organizational facilitators are one of several temporary mechanisms created to facilitate and guide systemic change, including: the site-based steering mechanism; the site-based change team; and mentors and coaches. The organization facilitator's core functions require a person whose background has prepared him or her to understand the specific systemic changes to be accomplished and how to work with site stakeholders as they restructure their programs. This report describes how two districts used organizational facilitators to restructure education support programs (the Los Angeles Unified School District, California, and the Detroit Public Schools, Michigan). Three appendixes present: expanding educational reform to address barriers to learning--restructuring student support services and enhancing school community partnership; initial plan for the organization facilitator in phasing reforms; and reasons to restructure student support services. (Contains 36 references.) (SM)
Descriptors: Change Strategies, Educational Change, Educational Innovation, Elementary Secondary Education, Mentors
Center for Mental Health in Schools, School Mental Health Project, Department of Psychology, UCLA, Los Angeles, CA 90095-1563. Tel: 310-825-3634; Fax: 310-206-8716; e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org; Web site: http://www.smhp.psych.ucla.edu.
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (DHHS/PHS), Rockville, MD. Center for Mental Health Services.; Health Resources and Services Administration (DHHS/PHS), Washington, DC. Maternal and Child Health Bureau.
Authoring Institution: California Univ., Los Angeles. Center for Mental Health in Schools.