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ERIC Number: ED494450
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2004
Pages: 8
Abstractor: ERIC
Leading from the Middle: Mid-Level Central Office Staff and Instructional Improvement. [Executive Summary]
Burch, Patricia; Spillane, James
Cross City Campaign for Urban School Reform
In this report, the Cross City Campaign continues to explore the district's role in instructional reform. In the fall of 2000, Cross City Campaign initiated a three-year qualitative study in three urban school districts that examined the role and importance of district/school interactions in the implementation of local instructional improvement. The three districts--Chicago, Milwaukee, and Seattle--already had promising systemic reform initiatives underway as well as experience in decentralizing authority and resources to schools. This report draws from a subset of that data and looks at the role of middle-level central office staff and their relationships with staff in local schools. "Leading from the Middle" provides an important perspective on the role of the school district in improving instruction and will form the basis of a national dialogue throughout the Cross City Campaign network. The report recommends that district leaders should: (1) Make school issues and needs drive the district's policy agenda; (2) Redefine the role of mid-level central office staff; (3) Reorganize the work of mid-level staff; (4) Invest in on-going professional development for mid-level managers; (5) Evaluate mid-level staff member's performance; and (6) Minimize interruptions that distract school and central office staff from focusing on instruction.
Cross City Campaign for Urban School Reform. 407 South Dearborn Street Suite 1775, Chicago, IL 60605. Tel: 312-322-4880; Fax: 312-322-4885; Web site:
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: Carnegie Corp. of New York, NY.; Joyce Foundation, Chicago, IL.; Spencer Foundation, Chicago, IL.; Helen Bader Foundation, Milwaukee, WI.; John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, Chicago, IL.
Authoring Institution: Cross City Campaign for Urban School Reform, Chicago, IL.
Grant or Contract Numbers: N/A