ERIC Number: ED186495
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1979-Jul
Reference Count: 0
A Policy Prospectus for Improving Urban Education.
Lezotte, Lawrence W.
This paper outlines several policy and program suggestions for improving Connecticut's urban schools which build upon the States's current intiatives and incorporate the current research findings emanating from studies of effective schools. The author first provides a framework for his suggestions by reviewing research to delineate the characteristics of instructionally effective schools. Recommendations for policy and program improvement in Connecticut's schools are based on the following assumptions: (1) individual schools are powerful social systems with norms, beliefs, and values which serve to sustain the social system; and (2) the task of improving urban education is the task of redirecting the social system of individual schools. The author makes recommendations about specific policy issues in the following areas: (1) mission of the schools, (2) efficacy and expectation, (3) instructional leadership, (4) opportunities to learn, and (5) home school support systems. The author points out that because the technology of education is both "soft" and imported from a distance, it is difficult to ensure that intended outcomes actually occur in individual schools. The author concludes, however, that following his recommendations will help bring about improvement of educational achievement levels in urban schools. (MK)
Publication Type: Information Analyses; Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Connecticut State Board of Education, Hartford.
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