ERIC Number: ED482409
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2003
Creating New Schools: The Strategic Management of Charter Schools.
This report presents a framework for thinking about the multiplicity of charter school management activities and how they connect with each other. It demonstrates that there are three management tasks: building support and legitimacy within the authorizing environment; mobilizing effective operational capacity to deliver services; and defining a proposition or mission to guide the school. The report focuses on: the elements of strategy; strategy and stages of school development; the three elements of charter school management; and performance measurement. It concludes that charter school leaders cannot focus on educational matters alone, but instead must have an understanding of how to manage and position an organization, usually a nonprofit organization, in a changing environment in which they are responsible for the stewardship of resources and the mobilization of support. The report also asserts that charter school management is difficult because it requires both the political skills of traditional public school principals and the operational eye for detail of successful private school headmasters. Finally, it notes that as the charter school movement continues to grow, the need for leaders with strong management skills will become more pressing. (SM)
Descriptors: Charter Schools, Educational Administration, Elementary Secondary Education, Institutional Evaluation, Instructional Leadership, Leadership Qualities, Principals, Strategic Planning
Annie E. Casey Foundation, 701 St. Paul Street, Baltimore, MD 21202. Tel: 410-223-2890; Fax: 410-547-6624; Web site: http://www.aecf.org.
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Annie E. Casey Foundation, Baltimore, MD.