The «New» Foundations of Teacher Education – A Reader – Revised edition
Edited By Eleanor Blair
7. On the Frontier of School Reform with Trailblazers, Pioneers, and Settlers
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On the Frontier of School Reform with Trailblazers, Pioneers, and Settlers
Phillip C. Schlechty
Improvement focuses on doing the same things better with the intent of changing and enhancing the performance of individuals within existing systems. Restructuring is aimed at changing systems so that new types of performances will be possible and encouraged and new or different outcomes can be produced.
Educational leaders and those in charge of training and development activities in schools have had much more experience in trying to improve things than they have had in trying to restructure. As a result, the training and support which is provided to encourage and facilitate restructuring isoften inappropriate.
Distinctions between improvement and restructuring are significant and have implications for those who lead restructuring efforts and for those who provide training and support to participants in the restructuring process. Unfortunately, too few educational leaders and staff developers seem to appreciate the significance of the distinction. In this article, I share some of the lessons I have learned about providing training and support to those who are trying to restructure schools.
Differences That Make a Difference
Staff development which is aimed at improvement is typically based on prior experience and research. This is seldom the case with staff development aimed at encouraging or supporting restructuring. Restructuring creates new conditions which neither the staff developer nor the participants have experienced. Restructuring,...
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