ERIC Number: ED474608
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2002-Sep-30
Reference Count: N/A
Leading Ways: Preliminary Research on LEF Leadership for the Public Education Network.
Raphael, Jacqueline; Anderson, Alissa
The local education fund (LEF) movement started in the early 1980s, when public schools were struggling with changing demographics and a need for greater community commitment to public education. Small, independent, community-based organizations were established to bridge the gap between schools and communities. More recently, the Public Education Network (PEN), the national representative for over 70 LEFs nationwide, has begun specifying what its unique contribution to education has been and will be. The Urban Institute has worked to support emerging research around LEF leadership. This report examines efforts by the Urban Institute and PEN to describe a leadership model that characterizes the LEF movement. Data from interviews with LEF executive directors and founders highlight four themes: LEF leaders create a space for sustained collaboration in communities; although LEF leaders are invested in their communities in terms of socioeconomic status and race, they are not typically representative of the communities they serve; LEF leadership appears to involve making strategic choices in an environment of constraints; and LEF leadership fits well in an adaptive leadership framework. The report recommends a two-pronged approach to future studies of LEF leadership. Three appendixes present founding director interview summaries, founding director telephone interview protocol, and topics to be explored in future research. (SM)
Descriptors: Community Involvement, Elementary Secondary Education, Leadership, School Community Relationship, Urban Schools
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Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Urban Inst., Washington, DC.