More than 50% of America's schools today exist in rural settings. This book addresses the distinctiveness of rural school leaders, identifies issues encountered by administrators, faculty, and students, and concludes by proposing new standards for rural schools in general and their leaders. This book will be of special interest to everyone involved in the operation of a rural school district.
Donald M. Chalker, E.D., is Professor of Administration and Curriculum at Western Carolina University.
Chapter 1 Foreword Chapter 2 Acknowledgements Chapter 3 The Rural Setting Chapter 4 The Nature of Rural Schools: Trends,Perceptions and Values, Chapter 5 It's Deja vu All Over Again: The Rural School Problem Revisited Chapter 6 Rural Leadership: The View from the Top Chapter 7 The Rural School Board Chapter 8 The Rural Superintendent: Succeeding or Failing as a Leader in Rural Schools Chapter 9 Personnel and Human Resource Functions in the Rural School District: Some Insights and Directions Chapter 10 School Improvement Chapter 11 We're Like a Family: Site-Based Management in Rural Schools Chapter 12 Southern Schools-Southern Teachers: Redefining Leadership in Rural Schools Chapter 13 Students Are People,Too Chapter 14 Leadership and Organizational Skills for Rural School Leaders Chapter 15 Rural Education: Leadership and Technology Chapter 16 Nobody Is as Smart as All of Us: Collaboration in Rural Schools Chapter 17 School/Community Collaborative Vision Building: A Study of Two Rural Districts Chapter 18 Politics and Educational Decision-Making: The Rural Scene Chapter 19 Assessing School District Quality: Contrasting State and Citizen's Perspectives