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ERIC Number: EJ877636
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2006
Pages: 5
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-0013-1849
Meeting the Challenges of Public Education in American Samoa--A Collaborative Approach
Gurr, Donna
Educational Perspectives, v39 n1 p24-28 2006
In this article, the author proposes to describe some of the developments that have taken place in public education in American Samoa in the past few years. This has really been a period of rapid change and although many challenges remain, there has been considerable progress on several fronts. One of the fundamental organizational reforms that has taken place lies in the new management approach of the American Samoa Department of Education (ASDOE). This can be characterized as a move away from a top-down management style to a more shared-decision-making model. For many years, decisions have been made at the central office and then handed down to school principals who passed them along, in turn, to teachers. The current director of education, Malaetele Dr. Lui Tuitele, however, has adopted a much more collaborative approach that is designed to be more inclusive. His leadership style is very open and accessible. He welcomes suggestions from educators locally and abroad, as well as from the community-at-large, and encourages individual initiatives. He understands the importance of educational partnerships and other collaborative endeavors in making change happen. Under his directorship, he has encouraged people to work together so that there has been a more widespread participation in educational decision-making processes. He has been very supportive of the initiatives discussed in this article. This new approach to management has resulted in a deliberate effort to involve teachers and school administrators in important decisions that affect their work at the school. Teachers have, as a result, been closely involved in the process of developing standards for their grade level and in the creation of new assessment measures. Partnership is therefore an important value and commitment in how educational change is approached, whether it is partnership with the USDOE, Pacific Resources for Education and Learning (PREL), the University of Hawai'i cohort program, or one of the many local partners in education.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Adult Education; Elementary Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: American Samoa