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ERIC Number: ED318550
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1990
Pages: 94
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: N/A
Unifying Faculty, Staff, Students, and Community by Establishing and Implementing a Unique Vision for a New Elementary School.
Currie, John R.
The principal of a newly opened elementary school implemented a practicum study designed to unify faculty, parents, staff, and children; add direction to the program; develop a sense of purpose; and increase participation. It was expected that a vision statement would be developed in the school's first year of operation, and that parents and staff would join in planning experiences to maximize the program's effectiveness. The vision statement focused on a supportive school environment, and offered the guarantee that every participating child would complete the program knowing and believing that he or she was loveworthy and capable. In an effort to obtain results on teachers, parents, and students, a needs assessment was conducted; the diversity of children and teachers was assessed; and climate surveys were administered. Practicum evaluation data indicated that objectives were, for the most part, accomplished. Daily attendance and honor roll participation were high. Discipline data reflected a low referral rate, and an exceptionally low rate of aggressive behaviors. It is concluded that a strong vision appears to have several positive effects. Ten appendices provide related material, including the vision statement, a 28-item bibliography for teacher in-service, and newspaper articles on the program. Cited are 24 references. (RH)
Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Practicum Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Practitioners
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A