Former kindergarten teacher from Joyce Elementary School in Detroit, Diana Langlois, talks about how her principal supports team building and learning at the school and the benefits that have resulted. Excerpted from NCREL's urban school leadership case studies (1992).
"I get wonderful support from the administrators. Mr. Brown really understands the concept of children using manipulatives to learn, but we also get the monetary support because we happen to be an empowered building. And also the parents group, the parents' support, they come to meetings every month. They always come with us on trips, and generally they send their kids to school everyday, and that's a support in itself. And every member on the staff is a member of the school improvement plan, and then from that there's the subcommittees, and so everybody feels that they're part of what goes on in that school, and it's better for the students, staff and community."
This Critical Issue summary was researched and written by Kent Peterson, University of Wisconsin-Madison.
Date posted: 1995