ERIC Number: EJ955801
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 47
Top-Down and Bottom-Up Leadership: Can They Meet in the Middle?
Aumiller, Barbara Elaine; Hackmann, Donald G.
ERS Spectrum, v27 n4 p9-21 Fall 2009
The case study discussed in this article investigated how the district leadership team of one high-performing school district utilized the Baldrige model to implement a system of continuous improvement. Data sources included the district's Baldrige application and feedback report, interviews of the district leadership team, focus group interviews of Board of Education members and parents, and observations of leadership teams. Findings indicated that, although the district previously had utilized a fragmented approach to improvement, the leadership team was now operating in a systemic fashion, with improvement initiatives interconnected. The team had improved in the areas of strategic planning, focus, and data utilization and feedback. An action plan was developed within weeks of receiving the feedback report, and positive results were being obtained within 6 months of implementation of action plans.
Descriptors: Strategic Planning, Focus Groups, Interviews, Educational Change, Boards of Education, Leadership, Leadership Styles, Total Quality Management, School Districts, Educational Improvement, Improvement Programs, Systems Approach, Qualitative Research, Research Reports, Observation, Administrator Attitudes, Parent Attitudes, Teacher Attitudes, Educational Planning, Change Strategies, Case Studies
Educational Research Service.
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Authoring Institution: N/A