ERIC Number: ED471932
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2002
Reference Count: N/A
Rural School Leadership in the Deep South: The Double-Edged Legacy of School Desegregation.
Williams, Doris Terry; King, Jereann
In March 2002, 20 principals, superintendents, and instructional supervisors from the Delta and Black Belt regions of Alabama, Arkansas, Louisiana, and Mississippi met in a Rural School Leaders Working Group. They discussed issues, challenges, and opportunities for school leadership from their perspectives as experienced leaders in what are arguably the most difficult places in the country to operate a school. This report summarizes their discussions on issues and concerned related to improving student learning. Participants reflected on the history of education in the South, from desegregation to the current emphasis on the racial achievement gap; examined common assumptions about the role of professional development and instructional leadership in school improvement; defined and described "excellence" and what it means for school leadership; and identified six key impediments to educational excellence. These factors are shortages of certified teachers and administrators, lack of parent and community involvement, relevance of professional development to instructional delivery and student learning, lack of attention to preparing students for a global society, low expectations for student achievement, and resistance to change. Participants listed critical topics for school leaders' training and development. Strategies for rural school improvement in the South are recommended. Statistical profiles of student race, eligibility for free lunch, and teacher shortages in the four states are included. (SV)
Descriptors: Administrator Attitudes, Black Education, Change Strategies, Educational Needs, Elementary Secondary Education, Instructional Leadership, Professional Development, Rural Schools, School Desegregation
Publications Manager, Rural School and Community Trust, 1825 K Street, N.W., Suite 703, Washington, DC 20006 (free). For full text: http://www.ruraledu.org/RS_Leaders_final.pdf.
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Lila Wallace/Reader's Digest Fund, Pleasantville, NY.
Authoring Institution: Rural School and Community Trust, Washington, DC.
Identifiers - Location: Alabama; Arkansas; Louisiana; Mississippi