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ERIC Number: ED261123
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1985-Apr-1
Pages: 14
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: N/A
ISBN: N/A
ISSN: N/A
Replicating Success: School District of Philadelphia.
Kopple, Henry
Replicating Success, a school improvement program in Philadelphia, is designed to raise the achievement level of all students in 30 selected, racially isolated, low achieving schools. Each school undertakes an extensive needs assessment process and then develops an individualized schoolwide plan which takes into account the characteristics of effective schools and incorporates five basic components: (1) use of Philadelphia's mandated curriculum in all curriculum areas; (2) monitoring of student performance in all curriculum areas; (3) use of a curricular component that addresses the students' self-image; (4) training of staff and administrators to support the reshaped school; and (5) training and use of parents. The most distinctive feature of the program is its focus on how the expectations of administrators, teachers, students and parents work upon one another. Other distinctive features are the program's heavy reliance on the role of the academic facilitator, and its funding basis--half private foundation, half Chapter 1. Problems encountered in implementing the program include principal resistance to the change in the principal's role from manager to instructional leader, general staff resistance to change, and the difficulties in maintaining a balance between bureaucracy, the total school, and the individual classroom. Among the lessons learned from and about the program is the fact that reasons for program effectiveness are difficult to pin down, with some participants attributing it to principals, and others to individuals, school improvement councils, monitoring, or the outside facilitator. (CG)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Policymakers; Researchers
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A