ERIC Number: EJ858813
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Oct
Reference Count: 13
Looking Back, Looking Ahead
Doda, Nancy M.
Principal Leadership, v10 n2 p44-48 Oct 2009
School leadership has always been wrought with high-stakes moral dilemmas. For today's middle level leaders, the stakes are about as high as they get. Beyond the challenges that all school leaders expect, middle level leaders must balance the demands of high-stakes accountability with the core principles of the middle school concept. No doubt all principals at all levels experience the tug between accountability demands and best practices, but the tension in recent years has been most pronounced at the middle level. The middle school concept is a powerful ecology of ideals and principles that can make a huge difference in the lives of young adolescents. Accountability need not undo the middle school concept. The challenge of rigid accountability and economic constraints calls for principals to clarify and renew their commitment to powerful middle school concepts. Some practical first steps on how to revive the middle school practices are presented.
Descriptors: Middle Schools, Moral Issues, Accountability, Instructional Leadership, Principals, Adolescents, High Stakes Tests, Professional Development, Leadership
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Junior High Schools; Middle Schools
Authoring Institution: N/A