This series—launched with a special report on instructional leadership in the Sept. 15, 2004, issue of Education Week—examines the new approaches to leadership in education at a time of increasing academic expectations on schools.
School & District Management For Better Schools and for Civic Life, Boards Must Assert Power
Peter Meyer writes, "School boards' apparent irrelevance should not be taken as evidence of the need to hurry them out the door."
School & District Management Keeping an Eye on the Big Picture—From a Small Town
"As a school board member, I realize our students need to be equipped for a future beyond high school, but thinking long-term isn't easy," writes Lonnie Harp.
School & District Management Mayors Can Be 'Prime Movers' of Urban School Improvement
Under this arrangement, districts are no longer insulated from the city’s social, civic, and economic sectors.
School & District Management Education Secretary Leads Chorus Calling for Big City-Hall Role
Interest in bringing urban school districts under the municipal umbrella continues to grow.
School & District Management At State Level, Power Over Schools a Contentious Issue
Governors have moved steadily to increase their influence over K-12 education, sometimes antagonizing their states' education establishments in the process.
School & District Management Governance Project Teaches Value of Policy Framework
The Reform Governance in Action training insists that school boards have a "theory of action" and stick to it.
School & District Management In Pittsburgh, Monitors Hold School Board Accountable
'Board Watch' volunteers attend meetings and grade the panel on good-governance measures.
School & District Management An Overlooked Institution Struggles to Remain Relevant
Whether school boards are up to the task of governing local districts in an era of increasing state and federal control is up for debate.
School & District Management Management Networks Strive to Grow Like-Minded Schools
A new approach to the leadership and management of public schools has taken hold over the past decade, with the emergence of nonprofit groups that start and operate networks of charter schools.