Pub. date: 2006 | Online Pub. Date: September 15, 2007 | DOI: 10.4135/9781412939584 | Print ISBN: 9780761930877 | Online ISBN: 9781412939584| Publisher:SAGE Publications, Inc.About this encyclopedia
Capacity Building, of Organizations
Carol A. Mullen
Capacity building of organizations occurs at the comprehensive level of a unit (e.g., school) and targets at least five major areas: (a) developing organizational and managerial capacity, (b) building mentoring systems, (c) fostering collaborative leadership, (d) promoting and practicing democracy, and (e) providing ethical leadership. Schools will need to be reorganized to support indepth learning for both students and teachers, necessitating a corresponding accountability of school leadership. In fact, classroom learning and effects of change on teachers, programs, instruction, and student outcomes are part of a larger emphasis on transformational leadership and school restructuring. For quality instruction to occur with teachers' continuous updating of their knowledge and skills, an infrastructure must exist. Administration that promotes teacher development, proficiency, and reflection can better support goals for student achievement. Managerial-oriented principals who protect the status quo instead of inspiring change may be hazardous. School systems steeped in technical standards of responsibility could ...