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ERIC Number: EJ868273
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Oct
Pages: 6
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 12
ISSN: ISSN-0013-1784
The Outside-Inside Connection
Hatch, Thomas
Educational Leadership, v67 n2 p16-21 Oct 2009
The challenges one faces inside the school are connected to and compounded by things that are happening outside. In fact, schools face a number of external demands and pressures that they have to address. Moreover, without the connections, support, and expertise that come from interacting with a host of people, organizations, and institutions on the outside, schools cannot develop the goals, staff, or productive work environment they need to be successful. In this article, the author discusses one challenge that leaders face: managing outside influences--from new assessment requirements to shifts in student population to budget cuts to puddles on the playground. Thus, it is essential to have the capacity to "scan" the environment--learn about outside concerns and new developments--and "seed" the environment--put advocates into positions of power and influence on the outside. Schools that distribute the work, scan and seed the environment, cultivate networks of allies, and thoughtfully work to reshape demands put themselves in a strong position to deal with changing conditions in the external environment. The power and social capital that comes with managing external demands, however, suggests several key strategies for school leaders. The author enumerates some strategies for school leaders to manage the environment.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Education; Grade 4
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: California