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School Reform through Natural Leadership

Perry Rettig.

American school systems have erroneously operated out of a mechanical and classical framework. This presentation will highlight these errors and then move forward to describe a natural and much better fit to the understanding of how these open and dynamic systems operate.

Specifically, schools and school systems operate from a very rigid, hierarchical framework. This conceptual model is antithetical to natural systems. This presenter believes that all organizations much more resemble natural/ecological open systems than these closed mechanical systems. From that premise, this presenter shows lessons we can learn from natural systems and how they can be applied to schools and school systems. These lessons can be applied to organizational structure, curriculum and assessment, and to teacher supervision and evaluation. This new conceptual model of educational leadership is the only way to create truly transformational change. Handouts and activities will be provided.


Perry Rettig  (United States)
Assoc Prof
College of Education
University of Wisconsin Oshkosh

Dr. Rettig is a professor of educational leadership and administration at the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh. He has written articles and a book on school leadership. Previous to his work in higher education, he served as a public school principal. He has hosted a radio program in Green Bay, Wisconsin.

  • Educational

(30 min Conference Paper, English)