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ERIC Number: EJ909134
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Dec
Pages: 4
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-0036-6439
Flipping the Script
Mitgang, Lee
School Administrator, v67 n11 p15-18 Dec 2010
Along with radically shifting priorities and practices to put better learning first, recent experiences and new research underscore a second, closely related imperative for districts--that principals get the high-quality training they need to be successful as frontline leaders of instructional change throughout their schools. In fact, no documented cases exist of failing schools turning around without a principal who provides direction and drives positive change. Superintendents refer to their own decade-long drive to reorient their district's priorities as "flipping the script." As that phrase implies, anything short of an all-hands effort with sustained backing from district leaders probably will not work and may even hurt in driving a learning improvement agenda. Emerging evidence is showing that the struggle can be worth it over time. What steps might central offices take to refocus themselves on a more service-oriented, learning-first agenda? What could it accomplish? This article discusses three essential action areas that recent experience and fresh research analyzing a number of such efforts point to: (1) An environment based on high expectations, district support and accountability; (2) An emphasis on shared leadership; and (3) Time for district staff to assist schools and for principals to focus on instruction. (Contains 7 resources.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Administrators
Language: English
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