ERIC Number: EJ875279
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 12
And the Survey Says: The Case for Community Engagement
Johnson, Paul A.
Journal of Cases in Educational Leadership, v12 n3 p9-25 2009
Often superintendents and boards of education employ an expert-based, school-centered, "decide and defend" decision making approach when dealing with critical school district issues. In the case presented here, involving what to do with an historic school building, it is an approach that did not yield the result the superintendent or board of education anticipated. This case gives prospective administrators an opportunity to contrast a "decide and defend" approach to decision-making with a community engagement approach. The teaching notes highlight the essential elements of effective community engagement and conclude with a culminating activity that asks students to identify a critical issue in their school district and outline a community engagement plan to address it.
Descriptors: Community Involvement, School Community Relationship, Instructional Leadership, School Districts, Superintendents, Boards of Education, State School District Relationship, Bond Issues, Educational Finance, Local Issues, School Buildings, Historic Sites, Participative Decision Making, Educational Facilities Improvement, Politics of Education, Community Surveys, Conflict
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
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