ERIC Number: ED245354
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1983-Jun
Reference Count: 0
Implementing School Improvement Strategies.
McDonnell, Lorraine M.
In the face of fiscal crisis, today's education reform measures must be both cost-efficient and classroom effective. Experience shows that successful measures incorporate lessons gained from the growth years of the 1970's. New teaching practices, for example, can be transferred from site to site; schools can use to their advantage past efforts of distant colleagues. At the same time, schools require the help of decentralized networks in implementing improvement proposals and maintaining normal operations during financially tight periods. Additionally, small incentive grants to schools and teachers can have an impact far exceeding their cost. Proper staff development is still another important reform category; substantial guidance is provided by past research on educational change. In sum, such activities are not meant to replace more comprehensive strategies, but they do represent an essential link in the educational reform chain. (KS)
Descriptors: Cost Effectiveness, Decision Making, Educational Finance, Educational Improvement, Educational Innovation, Educational Planning, Educational Research, Elementary Secondary Education, Incentives, Information Networks, Inservice Education, Instructional Improvement, Linking Agents, Organizational Theories, Principals, Problem Solving, Productivity, Public Policy, Resource Allocation, Retrenchment, School Administration, School Effectiveness, Staff Development, Teacher Morale, Teachers, Teaching Methods
Publication Type: Information Analyses; Reports - Evaluative; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Policymakers; Administrators; Practitioners
Sponsor: National Inst. of Education (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Dingle Associates, Inc., Washington, DC.
Note: Paper prepared for the National Institute of Education Conference on State and Local Policy Implications of Effective School Research.