ERIC Number: ED315245
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1989-Mar
Reference Count: N/A
"Effective Schools" Policy Training for Rural School Boards.
Lipka, Richard P.; Gailey, Herbert A.
This presentation describes a curriculum revitalization project begun in Spring, 1983 in Baxter Springs, Kansas. The cooperative "effective schools" effort used a broad base of support to establish a director of curriculum, create new school-university ties, focus a reading K-12 curriculum improvement effort, and hold instructional leadership sessions for district administrators. The Baxter Springs Board of Education shows continuing support for these curriculum efforts, which are the result of cooperation among educators, students, and the community at large. Success of the program relied upon the common effort to develop motives and processes for school improvement. A school improvement team should be selected and given time to work with all the school's constituents. In Baxter Springs, seven correlates developed by Lezotte and Bancroft (1985) were used to assess school needs. The correlates included such items as a safe and orderly environment, a clear and focused mission, and frequent monitoring of student progress. Responses to a questionnaire by nine rural school boards overseeing "effective schools" were categorized under each of the seven correlates. Questions dealt with such issues as the extent of teachers' non-teaching duties, long-range planning by principals, staff evaluations, home-school relations, and student attendance policies. This document outlines the questionnaire results and describes plans for a weekend training session for school board members. The document also includes a copy of the questionnaire and a description of the seven correlates. (TES)
Descriptors: Administrator Education, Board of Education Policy, Boards of Education, Community Involvement, Cooperative Planning, Curriculum Development, Educational Change, Educational Improvement, Elementary Secondary Education, Management Development, Questionnaires, Rural Education, Rural Schools, School Effectiveness, School Surveys
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Descriptive; Tests/Questionnaires
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Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Kansas