ERIC Number: ED351787
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1992
Teachers as Agents of Change: A New Look at School Improvement. NEA School Restructuring Series.
Glatthorn, Allan A.
The role of teachers in bringing about educational improvement in the American schools is described in this guidebook. Based on a model of school improvement that incorporates several bodies of educational research, the central thesis is that teacher empowerment begins with teacher knowledge. Following the introduction, chapter 2 describes the essential element of the school improvement model--effective classrooms. The supportive elements, those that directly affect classrooms, are discussed in chapters 3-5: an interactive curriculum process, professional development programs, and student motivation. The facilitative elements--supportive home/community/school relationships, a learning-centered schedule, and a valid and comprehensive assessment system--are examined in chapters 6-8. Chapters 9-11 analyze the contextual elements, which include foundation elements (school culture), collegial leadership, and systematic planning for school improvement. Collaboration is advocated for implementation of the model between administrators and teachers, between school and home, and among teachers in instructional teams. References accompany each chapter. (LMI)
Descriptors: Educational Environment, Educational Improvement, Educational Quality, Effective Schools Research, Elementary Secondary Education, Models, School Effectiveness, Teacher Effectiveness, Teacher Influence, Teacher Role
NEA Professional Library, P.O. Box 509, Westhaven, CT 06516 (Stock No. 1853-2-00; $12).
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom; Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: National Education Association, Washington, DC.