Leading From the Middle: Mid-Level District Staff and Instructional Improvement
Author: Burch, P., Spillane J.
Publisher: Cross City Campaign for Urban School Reform
Publication Date: 2004
Publication City: Chicago
Publication State: IL
Full text available online at: http://www.crosscity.org/downloads/exec_summary_final.pdf
Available for purchase online at: http://www.crosscity.org/pubs/index.html
Abstract (written by WestEd)
The Cross City Campaign for Urban School Reform reports that mid-level staff at the central office, such as program managers or content area directors, have significant impact on how district reform policies are understood and acted on by school leaders. The authors identify four barriers to productive interactions between central office and school staff, and make six recommendations for district leaders to implement changes in the central office that will improve teaching and learning at the school level.
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