ERIC Number: ED332300
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1991-May
Reference Count: 0
Collegial Groups in School Improvement: Project SIGN.
Achilles, C. M.; Gaines, Pat
Project SIGN was a year-long school site improvement process conducted in four schools in one system. A school Improvement Groups Network (SIGN) Team included a site-level administrator, several teachers, and higher education, central office, and other resource persons cooperating in school improvement. SIGN provided collegial, focused, professional inservice training to refine schooling processes and pupil outcomes. Each SIGN established a goal, "gameplans" or incremental steps, and operating procedures. Major, positive, and lasting changes resulted. Project SIGN was aided in its goal achievement by following a communication/change model. The project was evaluated and validated by comparing it to other process and theoretic models. Program evaluations completed by participants indicated that SIGN was more collegial, productive, and effective than traditional inservice approaches. SIGN became a vehicle for districtwide improvement in 1990-91. Appendices contain a list of 30 references provided to participants, activity charts, and a table comparing SIGN with characteristics of effective inservice practices. (Author/MLH)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Isolation (Professional); School Improvement Groups Network Project NC; University of North Carolina Greensboro
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (Chicago, IL, April 3-7, 1991).