ERIC Number: ED245339
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1983-Nov-18
An Effective School: A Case Study.
An elementary school principal's successful attempts to improve her inner-city school are described in this case study, which includes a diagram representing her formula for better education. The principal, a charismatic, elderly woman, takes an aggressive role in improving the school environment and student nutrition, encouraging and monitoring the improvement of teachers' skills, increasing discipline, and communicating individually with students and teachers. Her tasks are made difficult by lack of parental support, crime, high transiency rate, and the economic disadvantages of her students. Most of her students are Black and Hispanic; for the Hispanics she helped write a grant that resulted in an examplary bilingual program. This principal emphasizes listening, taking into account the needs of the whole child, consistency in discipline, developing a staff with unified goals, team teaching, holding teachers accountable for the progress of their students, and developing independent thinking in the students. Her methods have been successful in raising performance scores and improving attitudes in the school and the community. (FWR)
Descriptors: Achievement Gains, Administrator Role, Bilingual Education Programs, Creative Teaching, Elementary Education, Ghettos, Individualized Instruction, Instructional Improvement, Minority Group Children, Poverty, Principals, School Administration, School Effectiveness, Slums, Team Teaching, Urban Education
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the California Educational Research Association (Los Angeles, CA, November 1983).