"Establishing community norms within the school can serve as a substitute for direct leadership." Thomas J. Sergiovanni
I think a common error many principals make with their schools and many teachers make in their classrooms is to believe that norms can be established by writ. I can't tell you how many meetings I have attended where the first order of business has been to establish group norms or how often I have heard that I have to set classroom norms with students the first day with students. You can establish rules or expectations but norms are things that develop and can only develop from natural interaction with others. We establish norms in our actions, not our words.
"The idea of school as a learning community suggests a kind of connectedness among members that resembles what is f... http://tl.gd/7uviqt
"According to Weick and McDaniel (1989), the more substitutes for leadership, the more likely it is that schools wi... http://tl.gd/7uvrf3
This I believe is why Edvisions Schools work so well without a building principal. Edvision Schools are teacher-led and run on democratic principles. They are bound tightly with common values and a profession of belief about how children learn. This strong commitment to learner agency and democratic principles is enough to substitute for a single individual or authoritative leader.
"there is an important difference between being concerned with one's teaching practice and being concerned with the... http://tl.gd/7uvtv7
@aggrimm Have you read Thomas J. Sergiovanni (1992) Moral Leadership? I think ch4 on substitutes for leadership explains why TPPs work.
@anderscj I haven't read Moral Leadership, but will definitely see if I can find it at the library. ;)