Planning in School Administration: A Handbook

Planning in School Administration: A Handbook

Planning in School Administration: A Handbook

Planning in School Administration: A Handbook

Synopsis

Because schools must operate in a changing environment, educators must manage change whether they wish to or not. Administrators must plan accordingly, and the best plans spring from a solid theoretical base. This comprehensive handbook provides that base. Sybouts draws on systems theory to develop effective approaches to strategic and operational planning in education. The text evolved from case studies of successful planning in local school districts and from a national survey of education faculty. Sybouts emphasizes that the human dimension of educational planning is paramount, and that leadership and vision are essential to the effective management of change.

Excerpt

Planning is something that virtually every person has done and will continue to be involved with in various ways. Some individuals seem to have a well-organized approach to life and are orderly in what they do and how they do it. Such individuals seem to know, by some intuitive part of their nature, how to plan. By contrast, we have all known persons who are in a constant state of disarray, arrive at meetings late, are unable to keep track of materials and information, and, when it comes to planning, are random and disorganized in their thinking. Some people are good planners, and some people are--why not admit it--pure dolts at planning. Planning skills can, however, be learned. A "natural" plan- ner can enhance skills with an increased knowledge of planning approaches and techniques. The unorganized person with poor planning skills can also learn to use planning approaches and techniques that will improve results.

APPROACHES TO PLANNING

Intuitive Planning

Intuitive planning may be identified as the first level of planning and is done by all functioning individuals. Intuitive planning "comes naturally" and does not require much time, nor does it involve the use of any resources other than an occasional notepad on which to scribble a list of things to do. When a person needs to stop on the way home from work and pick up the cleaning, dash into the grocery store for milk and microwave popcorn, and put gasoline in the car, such efforts are, as a general rule, planned intuitively. Knowing that the cleaners and the grocery store are in the same little shopping mall enables a person to make one stop. There may be three filling stations where gasoline . . .

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