ERIC Number: ED358176
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1993
Reference Count: N/A
Transforming Our Schools: Lessons from the Jefferson County Public Schools/Gheens Professional Development Academy, 1983-1991.
Kyle, Regina M. J.
A school/community partnership in Louisville, Kentucky, the Jefferson County Public Schools/Gheens Professional Development Academy, is described. This report provides a framework for assessing Jefferson County School System reforms in the past 8 years or more designed to enhance student success in learning. A Spiral of Assessment was used to evaluate student success and school role, in which four sets of indicators were combined in the following ways: (1) resource indicators reflect major inputs into the educational process; (2) "kaizen" indicators (continuing incremental improvement) reflect continuing growth; (3) milestone indicators reflect progress of students at various intermediate points; and (4) commencement indicators measure outcomes of a cohort of students on completion of their education. The Jefferson County experience is compared with other programs. Schools are transformed through the dynamic interaction among five essential resources that must be mobilized in communities seeking educational improvement: partnerships; leadership; systemic change; development activities, and time. They work as follows: (1) partnerships involve businesses, community organizations, labor organizations in schools, community, and parents; (2) leadership is requisite in the school system and does not reside in a single office or person; (3) systemic changes require various points of intervention; (4) professional development of teachers and administrators can catalyze innovations and continuing incremental improvements; and (5) changes require time. Systemic, long-term approaches can make a difference, where short-term marginal interventions fail. (RLC)
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Educational Assessment, Educational Change, Elementary Secondary Education, Evaluation Methods, Learning, Partnerships in Education, Professional Development Schools, Program Descriptions, Public Schools, School Community Relationship, School Districts, School Restructuring, School Role
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Jefferson County Public Schools, Louisville, KY.; Gheens Foundation, Inc., Louisville, KY.