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Structural Frame

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Kristin Withrich

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What is the unity of the formal rules, policies, and procedures for teachers? I think that Bolman and Deal say it best when they say, "Structure can work for or against us, Though we're much more likely to notice when it misfires or gets in our way. There are good rules - and bad ones" (p.92). The same set of rules and procedures that work for basic tasks are not going to be the same rules and procedures that will work for all tasks. If you try to fit all tasks into the same procedure, you will end up with a disastrous outcome. In education, we need to make the formal system work for us (p. 92). However, this is not always the easiest thing to do. What is the organizational hierarcy? In our schools today, the organizational hierarchy begins outside of the state at the national level and then on to the state level. In our localities, we have school boards, superintendents and their staff, down next to building administrators, teachers, other staff, students, parents, and community volunteers. Each of these levels of hierarchy have their own roles and responsibilities to the school. It is important that groups make sure that they perform their roles because what they do trickles down and may affect those who the schools are ultimately responsible for and that is our students. Structural Frame
Kristin Withrich
EDL/515
December 17, 2012
Janelle Godfrey What role does accountability play? Schools include groups of teachers, groups of students, any many more types of groups. Each of these groups are working toward some goal. The goal should be clearly explained, the roles of each person, and the duties and responsibilities of the members must be defined. One of the things that we must ensure that we understand when working toward a goal is the accountability piece. We must know what we are accountable for and what is going to happen once the work is done.Groups that understand what they are to do, who is responsible for guiding the group and who they are accountable to usually have success (Bolman & Deal, 2010) To what degree does the structural frame fit the needs of schools? Schools would have a difficult time if the structural frame did not exist. The structural frame needs to be present in order for the needs of the school to be met. It is important for everyone on and off campus to know what their job is. They need to know what role they play in making making sure the needs are being met. For example, if the discipline was meant for the principal to handle, but the vice principal was handling it and the vice principal leaves for some reason, then the principal would not know what to do. "A harmonious family creates a workable arrangement and makes adjustments as circumstances require" (Bolman & Deal, 2010). In order to accomplish tasks, the school needs to run smoothly. Everyone has a specific job/function and they contribute along the way. References Bolman, L. G., & Deal, T. E. (2010). Reframing the path to school leadership (2nd ed.). Thousand Oaks, CA: Corwin Press.

University of Phoenix. (2012). EDL/515 Series: Structural Frame [Audio podcast]. Retrieved from University of Phoenix, EDL/515 – Educational Organization course website.
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