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The District Role in School Renewal

by Richard C. Williams, Kenneth L. Moffett & Bruce Newlin - 1987

In this chapter, we explore the present situation in school districts as it affects the ability of the school board and the superintendent to set educational policies and determine the direction of the school district's programs. First, we describe how events during the past three decades have reshaped the political and social realities of school districts, and assess their effects on school district leadership; second, based on the new social and political realities, we discuss how school district leaders must analyze various policy situations in order to determine realistically the ways in which a policy problem can be resolved. Then, we describe how a sample school district confronted these problems by restructuring itself and implementing new procedures that disperse the leadership to many segments of the district, ultimately increasing the district's ability to respond to challenges and to renew itself. Finally, drawing on that sample district, we extract "generic" activities that constitute the essential elements of this process.

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This article originally appeared as NSSE Yearbook Vol 86, No. 1.

Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record Volume 88 Number 5, 1987, p. 118-133
https://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 18988, Date Accessed: 9/25/2020 9:12:21 AM

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  • Richard Williams
    University of California, Los Angeles
    RICHARD C. WILLIAMS is an associate professor at the UCLA Graduate School of Education.
  • Kenneth Moffett
    Lennox Elementary School District
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    KENNETH L. MOFFETT is the superintendent of the Lennox Elementary School District.
  • Bruce Newlin
    Norwalk-La Mirada Unified School District
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    BRUCE NEWLIN is the Superintendent of Schools at the Norwalk-La Mirada Unified School District.
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