ERIC Number: ED249578
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1984-Jun
Reference Count: 0
Strategies for Effective School Improvement Programs.
Any attempts to improve excellence and equity in our schools must be predicated on the self-confident assumption that our schools can make a critical difference in the lives of children and young adults. Four propositions are offered as to what we know about school improvement: (1) public schools, individual classrooms, and school systems can and do improve. The factors that facilitate improvement are not so exotic, unusual, or expensive that they are beyond the grasp of leaders in ordinary situations; (2) teachers will respond to administrative assistance and support in implementing school improvement programs; (3) an innovation is more likely to be adopted if it is perceived as having relative advantage, compatibility, simplicity, and legitimacy; and (4) specific resources (staff development and monetary support) are necessary for effective school improvement programs. Seven characteristics of effective organizations that are also characteristic of effective schools are identified: (1) commitment, (2) expectations, (3) action, (4) leadership, (5) focus, (6) climate, and (7) slack. (TE)
Descriptors: Change Strategies, Educational Improvement, Educational Innovation, Educational Quality, Elementary Secondary Education, Instructional Improvement, Organizational Climate, Organizational Effectiveness, Organizational Objectives, Program Effectiveness, Program Implementation, Teacher Administrator Relationship
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Policymakers; Practitioners
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: In Search of Excellence; Nation at Risk (A)
Note: In: "Making Our Schools More Effective: Proceedings of Three State Conferences." See EA 017 101.