ERIC Number: ED365771
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1993
Reference Count: N/A
The Transformation of America's Public Schools: A Community's Struggle To Fulfill the Vision.
Negroni, Peter J.
The school improvement process of the Springfield (Massachusetts) Public School System is offered as a model for school reform. The efforts in Springfield began from the premise that institutions do not reform themselves, and that pressure from the outside, enough to be noticed, but not enough to disrupt, was necessary to spur reform. The work in Springfield began by bringing the needs of the schools to the total community. A "Blueprint for Excellence" was prepared to show the system's needs. School-based management teams were implemented and the model of involvement of all constituencies that these teams represented was replicated outside the individual schools through district task forces on school and administrative organization, school effectiveness, and curriculum change. The media was enlisted to bring issues before the public, to help the system in the desired organizational, pedagogical, social and attitudinal, and political transformations. Children do not come to school the same way, but it is the response of the system to how they come that makes the difference. The Springfield district has begun to bring about these transformations, and is moving forward with a spirit that sees these changes as possible. (SLD)
Descriptors: Administrative Change, Change Strategies, Curriculum Development, Educational Change, Educational Improvement, Elementary Secondary Education, Equal Education, Organizational Change, Parent Participation, Program Implementation, Public Schools, School Based Management, School Districts, School Restructuring, Urban Schools
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Springfield Public Schools, MA.