ERIC Number: ED363679
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1993-Sep
Reference Count: N/A
The Comer School Development Program. Education Research Consumer Guide, Number 6.
Zimmermann, Jacquelyn, Ed.
This consumer guide describes what the James Comer School Development Program is, how it got started, and its goals and principles; and presents an evaluation of its success. The program, which was started 25 years ago by a child psychiatrist (James Comer), is designed to improve the educational experience of poor minority youth. It works on the notion that poor academic performance is largely due to a failure to bridge the social and cultural gaps between home and school. The program's principles are that schools must do the following: (1) review problems in open discussion in a no-fault atmosphere; (2) develop collaborative working relationships among all concerned parties in and outside the school; and (3) reach decisions by consensus rather than decree. School planning and management teams, a mental health team, and a parents' group are among the program's critical components. Thus far, the Comer Program has been shown to improve social skills, raise educational achievement, and increase attendance levels among students from more than 250 elementary schools and high schools in 19 states. While other programs focus on either enriching curriculum development or emphasizing cognitive practices that increase learning, the Comer program emphasizes improved school climate. Two resources for more information are listed. (Contains 4 references.) (GLR)
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Attendance, Compensatory Education, Disadvantaged Youth, Educational Cooperation, Educational Environment, Elementary Secondary Education, Interpersonal Competence, Low Income Groups, Minority Group Children, Newsletters, Program Descriptions, Program Evaluation, Skill Development, Student School Relationship
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Office of Educational Research and Improvement (ED), Washington, DC. Office of Research.