ERIC Number: ED470426
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2000
Leading to Reform: Educational Leadership for the 21st Century. [Booklet with Audiotapes].
North Central Regional Educational Lab., Oak Brook, IL.
As schools focus on improvement, a key to sustaining reform is active and effective leadership. This multimedia package (a booklet and two audiotapes) provides a general overview of the central issues related to the crisis in school leadership and offers solution options to policymakers. The booklet, "School Leadership in the 21st Century: Why and How It Is Important" (Susan Gates, Karen Ross, and Dominic Brewer), begins with a comprehensive definition of "school leadership." It continues with a discussion of why people should care about leadership and summarizes what is known about how good leaders influence schools and students. The next section looks at the people who hold positions of school leadership and examines the difficulties potential school principals face. The next section discusses the job of the school leader, how it has changed, and how those changes reduce the attractiveness of leadership positions. The final section suggests ways that policymakers might deal with the leadership crisis from the perspectives of teacher preparation, leader recruitment, and job redefinitions. The booklet contains 19 references. Tape 1, interviews with national experts and practitioners, explores the new principalship and the difficulties some districts face in finding and training qualified principals. Tape 2 continues to explore issues of quality and quantity with another panel of experts. (WFA)
Descriptors: Administrator Role, Audiotape Recordings, Educational Change, Educational Improvement, Elementary Secondary Education, Institutional Role, Instructional Leadership, Leadership Responsibility, Management Development, Principals, Recruitment, Teacher Education
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Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom; Non-Print Media
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Educational Research and Improvement (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: North Central Regional Educational Lab., Oak Brook, IL.
Note: Produced by the NCREL School Development Outreach Project.