Which resources were used to develop ISD?
Instructional leaders use and coordinate a variety of resources in changing their
schools. Here we highlight the financial, human and information
resources Deb Hoffman utilized in designing and implementing
ISD at Franklin.
Acquiring and allocating resources is a key aspect of school
restructuring. Deb Hoffman acquired external resources such
as a Comprehensive
School Reform Grant and a
Federal Title 1 Waiver to provide training and time to
plan. She also reallocated existent resources such as special
education positions and discretionary budget money to put
more teachers in the classroom. Click
here for more detail.
The ISD design relied heavily on Deb's leadership abilities
to call prior practices
into question and to plan for change. Most of Franklin's veteran, highly-skilled staff was willing
to take on the leadership challenges of ISD. While several members of the neighborhood community
complained that ISD would take away needed services, other community members provided vital
support for the ISD design and implementation of the program.
Click here for more detail.
Developing ISD did not mean reinventing the wheel. Deb relied
on ideas from her recent coursework at UW-Madison in school
restructuring and finance, special education, and the principal
ship to guide her work. She also found resources on the details
of restructuring in a Comprehensive
School Reform workshop, and relied on school district
information resources such as needs assessment and strategic
planning processes. Click
here for more details.