ERIC Number: ED216052
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1982
Reference Count: 0
The Conference of the University/Urban Schools National Task Force: What Works in Urban Schools. Proceedings. (2nd, Bermuda, March 26-27, 1982).
Bossone, Richard M., Ed.
This report summarizes the proceedings and presents the papers discussed at a national conference on effective aspects of urban education. The first paper discusses the development of the San Francisco (California) Redesign Program, a five year master plan for educational reform which aimed to improve the physical educational environment, community relations, school attendance, and academic performance. A second paper discusses educational improvement efforts in Oakland (California) and in Chicago (Illinois) through the initiation of clearly stated academic goals, a well defined curriculum, and anti-vandalism programs. Another paper describes techniques undertaken by the Baltimore (Maryland) Public Schools to raise students' achievement levels on standardized tests by improving skills in reading, writing, and mathematics. A fourth paper describes the development of technology in American education and concludes that computers provide the means to develop alternative structures needed to decentralize the present educational system. The factors identified in the papers as influential in making urban schools effective include: cooperative involvement of school staff, students, parents, and the community in educational improvement; the adoption of a comprehensive evaluation system; the use of technology, especially the computer, to improve instruction; and staff development for higher quality instruction. (Author/MJL)
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Basic Skills, Community Involvement, Computer Assisted Instruction, Educational Improvement, Educational Innovation, Educational Objectives, Educational Technology, Elementary Secondary Education, Parent Participation, Program Effectiveness, Program Evaluation, Staff Development, Urban Schools
Publication Type: Collected Works - Proceedings; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: City Univ. of New York, NY. Center for Advanced Study in Education.
Identifiers: Baltimore City Public Schools MD; Chicago Public Schools IL; Oakland Unified School District CA; San Francisco Unified School District CA; School Effectiveness
Note: For a related document, see ED 212 730.