ERIC Number: ED256848
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1984-Dec
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A Process to Ensure a Successful School Improvement Project. The Effective School Report from Research and Practice, Vol 2, No. 12.
Ray, James E.; Knapp, Robert
The Effective School Report, v2 n12 Dec 1984
The Flint (Michigan) Community Schools developed a four-phase School Improvement process model. In Phase 1 (Commitment), school district and administrative support were obtained and pilot schools were selected (one elementary and one middle school). The principals of these schools and one teacher representative from each received training in effective schools concepts. For each school, an action team of administrators and teachers was organized, and the project moved into Phase 2, Data Collection. The Connecticut School Improvement Interview and School Effectiveness Questionnaire were used to collect data from teachers, archival data were assembled, and student and staff behavior were observed. In Phase 3, Action Planning, the action teams reviewed and interpreted the data and developed the following problem solving process: (1) assess needs and analyze information; (2) write problem statements; (3) explore options and select appropriate course of action; (4) write goal statements; (5) develop action steps; and (6) develop evaluation criteria. Action plans developed using this process were presented to the schools. The action teams continue to meet to monitor plan implementation. In Phase 4, Follow-Up, achievement, teacher questionnaire, and archival data will be used to evaluate the effects of the improvement project. The selection of action team members is seen as the most crucial aspect of the process; they must be committed to improvement, have the respect of other staff members, and be willing to take leadership roles. (KH)
Descriptors: Community Schools, Educational Assessment, Educational Improvement, Elementary Secondary Education, Evaluation Criteria, Models, Program Development, Program Implementation, School Effectiveness, Staff Role
The Effective School Report, KELWYNN, Inc., Grand Central Station, P.O. Box 2058, New York, NY 10163 ($3.00).
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Identifiers - Location: Michigan