ERIC Number: ED282320
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1984
Reference Count: 0
The Superintendent's Can-Do Guide to School Improvement: A Response to the National Reports on School Reform.
Dianda, Marcella R.
This guide is designed for reform-jaded superintendents who, in spite of everything, still want to promote excellence in their schools. After a brief introductory chapter, chapter 2 reviews nine well-known national reports, most of which offer little help to superintendents. The guide recommends three books "High School: A Report on Secondary Education in America" (Ernest Boyer), "A Place Called School" (John Goodlad), "The Troubled Crusade: American Education 1945-1980" (Diane Ravitch); all provide educators with school improvement information and increased understanding of salient issues. Chapter 3 tackles four school reform myths, beginning with America as a "nation at risk" headed for a "high technology future." Equally erroneous are notions of state-financed education and"more is better." To further identify reform pitfalls, chapter 4 outlines school improvement traps such as the effective school recipe, the computer cure-all, the time-on-task fallacy, and the "great principal" notion. The heart of school reform efforts is really the central office, as chapter 5 suggests. Instead of mandating reform, superintendents must learn how to facilitate it. Numerous improvement strategies concerned with managing school autonomy, staff development, curriculum building, and resource allocation are offered. The sixth chapter outlines strategies for enlistment of staff, use of community resources, and encouraging parent involvement, while the seventh chapter concentrates on curriculum, testing, and teacher effectiveness. The last chapter outlines tips to share with staff. Two appendices offer information about programs and hundreds of notes and additional reading suggestions. (MLH)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Administrators; Practitioners
Authoring Institution: Council for Educational Development and Research, Washington, DC.