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ERIC Number: EJ965133
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008
Pages: 11
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 13
ISSN: ISSN-1064-4474
District Office Leadership: Hero or Villain?
Leon, Ronald
Educational Leadership and Administration: Teaching and Program Development, v20 p46-56 2008
For decades, school district offices, superintendents and school boards have been cast as "villains" in the drama of school reform and raising student achievement. This article presents research encompassing a different view of district leadership as the possible "hero" in these efforts. Recent studies by Harvard University (2007), Springboard Schools (2006), Mid-Continent Research for Education and Learning (2006), Marzano and Waters (2006), and The Wallace Foundation (2005), provide an insightful view of those best practices that support school and district wide improvement efforts. This article summarizes the key findings of each study and their similarities that include: (1) leadership, (2) coherence and alignment, (3) focus, (4) people resources, (5) teaching and learning and (6) balanced autonomy. The studies provide clear implications for programs that prepare future leaders in educational administration.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: California