ERIC Number: ED458684
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2001-Feb
Leadership for Student Learning: Restructuring School District Leadership. School Leadership for the 21st Century Initiative: A Report of the Task Force on School District Leadership.
Institute for Educational Leadership, Washington, DC.
This report displays the themes and concerns that worried a cross-section of carefully selected educators and leaders in government, business, and civic groups. While failing to agree completely on the nature of the problems or their solutions, Task Force members were in accord on two conclusions: that district leaders must focus on the goal of improving student learning and that the school system must be organized in such a way as to make this its fundamental priority. Many school board members and superintendents say they do not have the training to handle all the new demands being placed on them. It is not surprising that there is a shortage of applicants for superintendent vacancies. Most school district leadership requires organizational leadership, public leadership, and instructional leadership. One model of leadership arrangement is policy governance with strict delineation of the board as policymaker and the superintendent as administrator. Nontraditional leadership patterns feature collaborative relationships where senior staff members share responsibilities that traditionally are handled by one person. Superintendents now may be corporate lawyers, business executives, or military officers. Strategies for district restructuring involve planning for recruitment and succession, creating and maintaining an informed leadership base, building a learning organization, and holding leadership accountable. (Contains 24 references.) (RKJ)
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Boards of Education, Elementary Secondary Education, Leadership Responsibility, Public Schools, School Districts, School Restructuring, Superintendents
Institute for Educational Leadership, 1001 Connecticut Avenue, NW, Suite 310, Washington, DC 20036. Tel: 202-822-8405; Fax: 202-872-4050. For full text: http://www.iel.org.
Publication Type: Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Educational Research and Improvement (ED), Washington, DC.; UPS Foundation, Inc., Greenwich, CT.; Metropolitan Life Foundation.; Ford Foundation, New York, NY.; Carnegie Corp. of New York, NY.
Authoring Institution: Institute for Educational Leadership, Washington, DC.
Note: Based on the Task Force meeting in July 2000.