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ERIC Number: EJ980784
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2012-Mar
Pages: 7
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 7
ISSN: ISSN-1529-8957
Lead for the Future
Brant, Al
Principal Leadership, v12 n7 p24-30 Mar 2012
Being an educational leader isn't getting any easier, but it has never been more exciting, especially when one has the opportunity to change the face of education and move it into the 21st century. For some people, this change is fun and invigorating, but for others, it can be downright frightening and painful. So how can teachers and school leaders change the way they educate students, knowing that human beings like familiarity and consistency and even the status quo? How do schools shift from an industrial age education system that worked for past generations to one that meets the needs of a digital, technological society? As the principal of Roosevelt Middle School in Appleton, Wisconsin, the author knew that a modern model middle school needed to reflect new realities. He had a vision for what he thought a school should look like, and he initiated discussions with staff and community members about their ideas. They started to collaborate on best practices for young adolescents. The end result was Kaleidoscope Academy, an inclusive charter middle school. By creating this new charter school, they could make the sweeping changes needed to meet the collective vision of the school community and avoid politics within the district that prohibit change.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Grade 6; Grade 7; Grade 8; Middle Schools
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Wisconsin