ERIC Number: ED358564
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1991
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Community Involvement and Staff Development in School Improvement.
Pink, William T.; Borman, Kathryn M.
This paper presents data from two in-depth studies to illustrate the importance of community involvement and staff development for improving schools. The first case study describes how community political action in a school district in southwestern Ohio spurred school reform. In "Riverside," a pseudonym, the black community sought to influence district policies by pressuring the superintendent and school board to address issues of long-standing concern. A conclusion is that sustained grassroots community action to produce school reform must include the vision and direction of community leaders, other powerful groups or figures, and leadership by the school-based administrator. The second case study examines the effect of Chicago's public school reform on staff development. Data were collected through interviews with teachers, administrators, parents, and community representatives and observation at four schools engaged in school improvement. A conclusion is that collaboration in staff development must be viewed from an ecological or interpretive paradigm, which focuses on the assumptions, beliefs, and behaviors that drive school-level decisions. In addition, school reform must be locally based, fixed in the community; and staff development must synthesize theory, research, and practitioner reflective thinking and involve collaboration among teachers, parents, and the community. (Contains 17 references.) (LMI)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
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