ERIC Number: ED339083
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1991
Reference Count: 0
Work in Progress: Restructuring in Ten Maine Schools.
Cox, Pat L.; deFrees, Jane
In 1987, the State of Maine encouraged schools to make fundamental organizational changes necessary to ensure that all children are successful in school. This booklet reports on the progress of 10 Maine schools that are wrestling with fundamental questions about the purpose, content, and organization of schooling. Each school is profiled with a description of the school, a flowchart that traces some of the critical points in its "journey" into restructuring, and a summary of important happenings that is organized around five themes. The themes are: the difference for students, the difference in teaching and learning, the difference in the organization and operation of the school, the connections that are being built within the district, and the questions that are being asked. A synthesis of insights gathered about the 10 schools has found that while there is no single recipe, there are common ingredients in the schools' restructuring experiences. These ingredients can be grouped under four broad headings: getting clear on the focus of change; making change organizational and systematic; managing the ongoing change process; and deploying state restructuring grant funds to spur change. A discussion of future actions at the local and state levels concludes this booklet. (RR)
Descriptors: Educational Change, Elementary Secondary Education, Public Schools, School Based Management, School District Autonomy, School Effectiveness, School Organization, School Restructuring
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Publication Type: Information Analyses; Opinion Papers; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Educational Research and Improvement (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Maine State Dept. of Educational and Cultural Services, Augusta.; Regional Laboratory for Educational Improvement of the Northeast & Islands, Andover, MA.