Essay about Strategic Plan for A Chronically Low-Performing School

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Introduction
“Traditionally, the low- performing label has been applied with a broad brush to “bad” schools having a wide range of perceived deficiencies: low academic expectations and achievement, high dropout rates, lack of discipline, inadequate facilities, and demoralized staff” (Lashway, 2003). The federal government with the indoctrination of No Child Left Behind (NCLB) provided an official definition of chronically low performing schools. The definition consist of schools that have not met their Annual Yearly Progress (AYP) in reading and math over a four year period. The newly defined classification of a chronically low performing school would demonstrate low academic achievement in reading and math with no growth on annually
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Organizations need ideas, energy, and talent; people need careers, salaries, and opportunities. Political- views organization as a complex web of individual and group interests. Symbolic- embodies and express an organizations culture: the interwoven pattern of beliefs, values, practices, and artifacts that define for members who they are and how they are to do things (Bolman & Deal, 2003). The leadership component concentrates on the principals’ role in executing the strategic plan. Phase I (symbolic) will focus on a needs assessment of the school. Phase II (structural) aligns the planning and development around the needs of the school. Phase III (human resource) covers the implementation of the areas covered in the planning and development stage. Phase IV (political) is centered on the accountability component. Leadership
Leadership is vital to the effectiveness of a school. James Burns, the founder of modern leadership theory discusses the ideal of transformational leadership. Transformational leaders form “a relationship of mutual stimulation and elevation that converts followers into leaders and leaders into moral agents” (Burns, 1978, p. 4). Four factors characterize the behavior of transformational leaders: individual consideration, intellectual stimulation, inspirational motivation, and idealized influence (Bass, 1985). Individual consideration characterized by

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