Posted on: May 05, 2002 at 12:56 AM
I have read both of these papers with a great deal of interest. At one level it could be argued that the success of the LSC in El Centro was due to the quality of the existing infrastructure (which happened to be a superintendent who can run the district and lead reform). In addition, from reading many of the posters it is obvious that the more capable the supervisor or teacher leaders the more likely the project will be successful.
However, there seem to be as many instances when the new superintendent halted the reform and the new supervisor or old supervisor was the obstacle for change. An important issue to consider is who are these people that Mark speaks of and how are they prepared for their jobs. Will they be in the box on the organization chart that is off to the side? Will they get these positions because their old jobs were no longer funded? How can they get the experience they need to lead reform from the inside?