ERIC Number: ED365770
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1992-Feb-22
Reference Count: N/A
The Reorganization and Restructuring of an Urban School System.
Negroni, Peter J.
Three inter-related phenomena push the need for educational change and school improvement. These are the change from an agrarian to an industrial, and from an industrial to an information society; the changing demographics that see an increase in student racial and cultural diversity; and the need for new services for low income students. The Springfield Public Schools (Massachusetts) have undertaken change in the following four areas to ensure school reform for today's needs: (1) organizational transformation; (2) pedagogical transformation; (3) societal and attitudinal transformation; and (4) political and financial transformation. The Springfield school system has recognized these areas for change, realizing that the single most important issue is that of equity. It is not how children come to school that matters, but what the school does with them when they get there that makes a difference. The systemic changes in Springfield began with reorganization of the central office, and progressed to restructuring of grades, a curriculum for the 21st century, and research into effective schools and implementation. Initiatives that have developed in the restructuring process include parent participation, a conference for children, and efforts to involve the business and religious communities. The district has made great strides so far, but needs incremental change and frequent small successes to sustain and continue improvement efforts. (Contains 10 references.) (SLD)
Descriptors: Administrative Change, Change Strategies, Curriculum Development, Educational Change, Educational Improvement, Elementary Secondary Education, Equal Education, Organizational Change, Parent Participation, Program Implementation, Public Schools, School Districts, School Restructuring, Social Change, Urban Schools
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Springfield Public Schools, MA.
Identifiers: Springfield Public Schools MA
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Association of School Administrators (San Diego, CA, February 22, 1992). For related documents, see UD 029 677-678.