ERIC Number: ED325909
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1988
Developing Effective Middle Schools through Faculty Participation. Second and Expanded Edition.
Merenbloom, Elliot Y.
This publication, designed to help schools develop successful middle school programs and establish long-range goals for educating early adolescents, is divided into two parts. Part I examines the conceptual development of the effective middle school. It begins with a review of recent effective schools research and goes on to list and define 11 effective middle school characteristics. An effective middle school: (1) features a program responding to early adolescents' physical, intellectual, social-emotional, and moral needs; (2) has a set of program guidelines; (3) possesses a curriculum plan that includes organized knowledge, skills, and personal development activities; (4) has a clearly established program of studies based on exploration and student growth opportunities; (5) builds on elementary education strengths while preparing students for high school; (6) employs teachers using appropriate teaching strategies; (7) creates teaching teams using block-of-time scheduling; (8) emphasizes staff members' guidance and counseling function by providing a supportive climate; (9) promotes flexible scheduling to meet students' varying needs; (10) actively involves parents; and (11) evaluates the program regularly. Part I also explains the change process and presents a staff development model for successful program implementation. Part II features a comprehensive model for implementing the 11 effective school characteristics and presents a specific plan for each programmatic piece. Included are a review of the conceptual basis for each characteristic, techniques to organize administrative/supervisory leadership, goal-setting procedures, and assessment methodologies. (MLH)
Descriptors: Adolescents, Developmental Programs, Educational Improvement, Institutional Characteristics, Intermediate Grades, Junior High Schools, Middle Schools, Models, School Effectiveness, Staff Development, Student Needs, Teacher Participation
Publications, National Middle School Association, 4807 Evanswood Drive, Columbus, OH 43229 ($8.50).
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: National Middle School Association, Columbus, OH.
Note: Supersedes previous edition ED 214 272.