ERIC Number: ED299665
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1988-Aug
Reference Count: N/A
Implementing School Improvement.
Fredericks, Robert; Piltch, Benjamin
Streamlined Seminar, v6 n6 Aug 1988
The school improvement movement during the past decade has, among other things, provided educators with realistic data on how effective schools got that way. One of the most basic findings is that successful schools have five common characteristics: principals who provide strong administrative and instructional leadership; high expectations, including a conviction that all the students can and will learn; a school climate that stimulates learning, beginning with a building that is orderly and quiet without being repressive; a schoolwide feeling by students and staff alike that the acquisition of basic skills is urgently important; and a continuous system of monitoring student progress. The path toward excellence involves seven basic steps: (1) acquaint staff with school improvement research; (2) select a school improvement committee, consisting of the principal and representative teachers, parents, and staff; (3) decide on goals; (4) engage in discussions; (5) specify research that addresses the school's needs; (6) draft a written improvement plan; and (7) circulate final document to staff, parents, district officials, the media, community leaders, and others. (TE)
Descriptors: Administrator Role, Educational Assessment, Educational Improvement, Educational Quality, Elementary Secondary Education, Excellence in Education, Instructional Leadership, Parent Teacher Cooperation, Principals, Research Utilization, School Effectiveness
Publications, National Association of Elementary School Principals, 1615 Duke Street, Alexandria, VA 22314 ($2.50 prepaid; quantity discounts).
Publication Type: Collected Works - Serials; Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Administrators; Practitioners
Authoring Institution: National Association of Elementary School Principals, Alexandria, VA.
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