ERIC Number: EJ983235
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2012-Sep
Abstractor: As Provided
School Improvement: A Case of Competing Priorities!
Pollock, Katina; Winton, Sue
Journal of Cases in Educational Leadership, v15 n3 p11-21 Sep 2012
Maple Leaf School is a large English elementary school in Ontario, Canada. Wanda Miller, the principal, has been at the school for 2 years. Upon arrival, she engaged the teachers in a collaborative exercise to determine their school goal (as required by the province). Character education was selected. The district insisted that the school adopt an academic goal instead. Wanda determined that character education would be the school's primary goal and writing its secondary one. Since then, students' behavior and the school's climate have improved markedly, but test scores have declined. This case focuses on the tension between a locally identified, collaboratively determined school focus and conflicting district and provincial demands.
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Educational Change, Values Education, Educational Improvement, Elementary Schools, Behavioral Objectives, Educational Objectives, Administrative Principles, Change Strategies, Improvement Programs, Class Activities, Learning Activities, Instructional Design, Educational Administration, Needs Assessment, Instructional Leadership, Leadership Effectiveness, Student Behavior
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Education
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Canada