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Resource Management

This module emphasizes broadening the definition to include time, money, staff, and programmatic resources, as well as strategies for intentionally aligning decisions about the use of resources toward meeting district-identified goals for instruction and student achievement.

This module aligns with:

  • Ohio's Leadership Development Framework, Area 5: Resource Management
  • Ohio Improvement Process: Stage 1, Stage 2, Stage 3, and Stage 4

Receiving Credit for this Module

The Ohio Leadership Advisory Council offers educators credit and contact hours for OLAC work. Teachers, principals, and superintendents who are working toward license renewal can receive university credit for completing OLAC modules from a number of Ohio universities. Pre-approval is required. For estimated contact hours for credit or to learn more about receiving credit for OLAC work, visit the Credit Corner.

Video Transcript

Mark Bielang, President, American Association of School Administrators

Hello, my name is Mark Bielang and I'm the President of the American Association of School Administrators. Welcome to the module on resource allocation and management strategies, and essential but often overlooked piece of the student success puzzle. As Todnem and Warner discovered, people can be encouraged to change, but if the structure in which the individuals work does not support them or allow enough flexibility, improvement efforts will fail. Similarly, if the organizations governance, policies, structures, timeframes and resource allocations are changed, but the individuals within the organization do not have opportunities to learn how to work within the new system, the improvement effort will fail.

In this module, the various resources used by a district, such as staff, time, money and programs are described and examined to provide a better understanding of each. Then, to maximize each of those resources, principles and strategies are outlined so they may be applied and put into practice. For instance, aligning spending with strategically set priorities can improve the monetary efficiency of a district and districts that provide well designed, meaningful professional development have seen greater gains in their achievement goals. According to Miles & Frank, schools need an over-arching instructional framework and a resource strategy to support it. If resources are not allocated effectively, student achievement data will not reflect the gains that effective resource management yields.

A synthesis of the research on this topic indicates and identifies specific organizational attributes of districts that effectively manage and allocate their resources. They are, one, an ongoing improvement process; two, highly intentional decision making; three, defined autonomy and lastly, distributive leadership. An ongoing improvement process is setting performance objectives and measuring performance outcomes in order to understand issues, identify gaps and direct the choice of solutions and resources necessary to support them. Data analysis is a critical component in the improvement process. The process should include a thorough examination of current programs, practices and staffing patterns in order to determine how current resources can be allocated to support a new vision and new goals for improving instruction. Making proactive, highly intentional decisions that are aligned with the vision and goals of the district is another essential practice.

The Ohio Improvement Process has defined and created many tools to assist you in this work. Two examples are the decision framework and the implementation and monitoring tool. To Marzano and Waters, defined autonomy means the superintendent expects the building principals will lead within the boundaries defined by the district goals. These leaders align their resources to support district goals in powerful ways. And finally, leadership from all levels can assist the as needed to produce ambitious performance results. Part of effective leadership is making sure the district resources are allocated deliberately in ways that produce effective classroom instruction and increased student achievement. Principles and strategies for resource allocation are interwoven throughout this module. The hope is that this will serve as a lens through which you can examine your current resource allocation and management process and inspire any needed changes.

Enjoy the module and thank you for your dedication to the Ohio Improvement Process.

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