ERIC Number: ED255614
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1982-Feb
Reference Count: N/A
Effective Schools Seminar Report, February 1982.
Seattle Public Schools, WA.
The major findings of a seminar on "Effective Schools," sponsored by the Seattle School Board and conducted in 1982, are presented in this report. In the first four sections, research on effective schools is broadly reviewed, and then a definition is offered: an effective school is one where all students master the basic skills, seek academic excellence in all subject areas, and demonstrate achievement through systematic teaching. This definition is explained at length, and then the characteristics necessary for an effective school are detailed: (1) clear goals; (2) strong leadership; (3) dedicated staff; (4) high expectations; (5) frequent monitoring of student progress; (6) early identification of learning difficulties; (7) a positive learning climate; (8) time on task; (9) curriculum continuity; (10) multicultural education; (11) communication; and (12) parent-community involvement. The next three sections, organized around these twelve characteristics, summarize problems in Seattle's schools as viewed by various individuals and groups, and provide general and specific recommendations. In the final sections specific roles that must be played by each member of the school system (school board members, administration, staff, students, and community) are outlined and policies and recommendations are listed. Seminar participants are listed and a glossary is provided. (KH)
Publication Type: Reports - General
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Seattle Public Schools, WA.