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The past few decades have seen substantial debate over the effectiveness of preparation programs for school administrators. A program is suggested that is based on the Texas superintendent certificate of 1994. Eight standards addressing superintendent performance were developed by the American Association of School Administrators: (1) learner-centered values and ethics of leadership; (2) learner-centered leadership and district culture; (3) learner-centered human resources leadership and management; (4) learner-centered policy and governance; (5) learner-centered communications and community relations; (6) learner-centered organizational leadership and management; (7) learner-centered curriculum planning and development; and (8) learner-centered instructional leadership and management. For each of these, specific performance indicators are offered. New instructional strategies for classes preparing administrators include ones that actively involve students in the learning process, that eliminate student anonymity, and that personalize instruction. Inductive learning, problem-based learning strategies, collaborative research, clinical experiences, distance learning, and reflective seminars are new trends in instructional strategies. A standards-based superintendent program is offered in table format with course titles, standards addressed, and instructional strategies. Strategies for delivery and evaluation are delineated. The programs would utilize constructivist learning theory. Students would construct knowledge, as opposed to teachers imparting it. Another aspect of the program would be the importance of extensive and imaginative use of technology. (Contains 28 references.) (RKJ)

Descriptors: Elementary Secondary Education, Leadership Training, Management Development, Superintendents

Autor: Boone, Mike


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