ERIC Number: ED329623
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1990-Sep
Reference Count: N/A
Good Education in Oakland: Strategies for Positive Change.
Commission for Positive Change in the Oakland Public Schools, CA.
The goal of school reform in Oakland (California) is a learning environment that enables all students to be competent, confident, conscious, and caring individuals and holds the school accountable for the delivery of equal education. The following conditions are essential: (1) effective school leadership; (2) rigorous, challenging curriculum and instruction; (3) effective staff; (4) parent participation; (5) safety and security; and (6) district leadership. The following problems must be overcome: (1) low expectations of students; (2) inadequate funding; and (3) poor teacher preparation. The following change strategies are outlined: (1) build a system of staff renewal; (2) construct a system of accountability for student outcomes; (3) make effective and equitable use of personnel and resources; (4) demand honest assessment, aligned with community expectations, that charts a course of action; (5) use communication to empower all participants in the teaching and learning process; (6) promote the coordination of multiple community resources to respond to the life circumstances of students; and (7) commit to the principle of equity in the allocation and development of resources. The following materials are appended: (1) school statistical data presented in 17 tables, 13 graphs, and one map; (2) descriptions of exemplary staff development, student support, and parent involvement programs; (3) overcrowding and underutilization considerations; (4) an explanation of school finances; and (5) a list of participants. (FMW)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Commission for Positive Change in the Oakland Public Schools, CA.