ERIC Number: EJ894700
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010-May
Reference Count: 1
Sustaining a Vision of Rigor
Williamson, Ronald; Blackburn, Barbara R.
Principal Leadership, v10 n9 p78-80 May 2010
Even with the best planning and supportive implementation, one's school will experience challenges to achieving its vision of increased rigor. One of today's most serious issues is how schools can improve when resources are stagnant or even declining. Virtually every school faces dwindling resources and is caught between the expectation that student performance will improve and the reality that there are fewer human and financial resources to support its work. These economic realities present a real challenge to improving the rigor of a school. Too often, schools respond to the situation by deferring improvements or looking for ways to reduce programs and services. How can a school leader sustain his/her efforts to improve rigor while using his/her resources even more efficiently? This article discusses three responses to this problem. First, one can identify areas where the school might reduce expenditures. Second, consider alternative ways of doing things one already does. The third approach is to prioritize what the school is doing.
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Leadership, Economic Impact, Costs, Expenditures, Budgets, Budgeting, Principals, Professional Development, Educational Improvement, Retrenchment, Evaluation
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