Mapping Educational Success: Strategic Thinking and Planning for School Administrators

Mapping Educational Success: Strategic Thinking and Planning for School Administrators



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Mapping Educational Success: Strategic Thinking and Planning for School Administrators by Roger Kaufman

This revised edition of Mapping Educational Success has been updated to include the latest insights into planning and delivering successful education. The author suggests that principals and administrators should make a strategic shift to an orientation where results are always the central focus. This would involve new methods of planning, developing, implementing and evaluating in order to achieve predictable educational success.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780803960206
Publisher: SAGE Publications
Publication date: 04/30/1992
Series: Successful Schools Series , #1
Edition description: REVISED
Pages: 208
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 1.25(h) x 9.00(d)

About the Author

Roger Kaufman is Professor Emeritus, Florida State University, and Director of Roger Kaufman & Associates. He is also Distinguished Research Professor at the Sonora Institute of Technology. His PhD is in communications from New York University. He consults with public and private organizations in the United States, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Latin America, and Europe. He is a Certified Performance Technologist and a Diplomate in School Psychology and a Fellow in Educational Psychology of the American Psychological Association. He has been recognized by the ASTD for Distinguished Contribution to Workplace Learning and Performance. Dr. Kaufman has published 39 books and more than 256 articles on strategic planning, performance improvement, quality management and continuous improvement, needs assessment, management, and evaluation.

Table of Contents

About the Authorxix
1.Strategic Thinking: What and Why1
1.1Education: What's Our Role and How Are We Doing?1
1.2Changing the Way We View the World: Shifting Paradigms and Mental Gears7
1.3Strategic Thinking: Setting Our Direction9
1.4Who Is the Primary Client of What Gets Planned and Delivered?12
1.5Why Our Educational Problems Persist19
1.6Involvement, Commitment, and Sustained Payoffs23
Key Terms26
2.A Framework and Basic Concepts for Strategic Thinking and Planning28
2.1The Three Phases of Strategic Thinking and Planning28
2.2Mistakes Usually Made by Educators and Their Partners37
2.3Implied Criticism When Doing Strategic Thinking and Planning40
2.4Educational Results, Efforts, Consequences, and Payoffs40
2.5Strategic Planning and Strategic Planning Plus43
2.6Partners in Educational Thinking, Planning, and Success44
Key Terms46
3.Objectives and Needs Assessment: Basic Building Blocks47
3.1We Don't Like Complexity48
3.2On Thinking (and Talking) Straight in Education48
3.3Preparing Useful Objectives49
3.4Preparing Mission Statements and Mission Objectives52
3.5Define "Needs" as Gaps in Results, Not as Insufficient Levels of Resources or Methods53
3.6Applications of Needs Assessment56
3.7Needs Assessments Will Find Problems, Identify What Shouldn't Be Changed, and Recognize Opportunities62
3.8Objectives, Needs Assessment, and the Seven Basic Questions64
3.9Restructuring That Will Really Change the System for the Better67
3.10The Basic Steps of Educational System Planning67
3.11Strategic Planning: Reviewing the Six Critical Success Factors69
Key Terms69
4.Mega-Level Planning: The Larger Community and Society72
4.2Mega Level Is the Ideal Vision73
4.4Implementation and Evaluation95
4.5Relating Several Varieties of Strategic Planning96
5.Macro-Level Planning: The District or School98
5.1When the Primary Beneficiary Is the Educational Organization Itself98
5.4Implementation and Evaluation114
6.Micro-Level Planning: People, Programs, Courses116
6.1When the Primary Beneficiary Is an Educational Organization's Internal Client116
6.4Implementation and Evaluation132
Key Term134
7.Completing the Plan and Putting It to Work135
7.1Development of the Strategic Action Plan135
7.2Completing the Plan140
7.3Management, Leadership, and Operations142
7.4Shifting Our Thinking, Changing Our Organizational Culture143
7.5Total Quality Management (TQM)144
7.6Quality Management "Plus" (QM+)148
Key Terms149
8.Strategic Thinking in Action151
8.1Keep Problems From Arising in the First Place152
8.2When Troubles Surface153
8.3The Ultimate Education Troubleshooting Tool Kit158
9.A Hypothetical Case: Strategic Thinking in Sleightown School District159
9.1The Assignment160
9.2Planning to Plan161
9.3Selecting the Strategic Framework164
9.4Strategic Thinking and Planning Begin164
9.5Implementation and Evaluation175
9.6Getting the Plan Accepted and Implemented175
References and Related Resources176
Troubleshooting Guide182

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