ERIC Number: ED345386
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1992-May-6
Support for School Restructuring: The Work of National Organizations.
Peterson, Kent D.; Bixby, Janet S.
National restructuring organizations are described in this paper, with a focus on those that work across districts to support multiple aspects of school restructuring, rather than within-district or state organizations. Data were derived from interviews with individuals in each program and from program descriptions and secondary sources. Section 1 describes the educational visions of 11 national organizations, and concludes that much variation exists in terms of formality of guidelines and governance flexibility. Processes for linking the national organizations with schools are examined in the second section. Two themes of linkages are identified: those in which groups select the level at which they work with the school system; and the diverse ways of working with schools, such as the use of networking, training models, onsite consultation visits, and intensive training. The next two sections conclude that the spread of restructuring organizations and the depth of their impact varies greatly. A combination of support at various levels is needed. Key components of a successful program that serves all children include teacher involvement, a focus on all students' outcomes, professional development at the school level, and implementing a systemic, long-term approach. Appendices provide descriptions of the 11 restructuring organizations and data collection information. (21 references) (LMI)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Wisconsin Center for Education Research, Madison.; Office of Educational Research and Improvement (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Center on Organization and Restructuring of Schools, Madison, WI.