ERIC Number: ED374534
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1994
Sustaining Change in Schools: A Role for Business. Precollege Series.
Rigden, Diana W.
Despite the serious efforts of the decade-long school reform movement, there is little indication that American students are making dramatic gains in academic achievement or mastering the skills they need for productive lives. Can companies support education reform in ways that both "make a difference" and are compatible with the financial, human, and material resources they have available? This publication considers how the business community can structure its involvement in elementary and secondary education in order to promote system-based strategies for reform. Following the introduction, chapter 1 describes the need for schools and communities to reaffirm their focus on increased student learning, suggesting how business can help educators define educational expectations. Chapter 2 summarizes the apparent consensus on how to produce better outcomes. It briefly describes the kinds of changes needed in the education system, key strategies for change, and ideas for measuring their effectiveness. The third chapter describes strategies to help schools sustain their capacity for change at five different levels--the classroom, school, district, community, and policy arena. The final chapter outlines how individual companies can identify appropriate actions and develop an effective role for supporting comprehensive, long-term reform. Lists of resource organizations and precollege advisory board members are included. An enclosed handout/poster maps strategies for involvement. (LMI)
Descriptors: Business Responsibility, Corporate Support, Educational Change, Elementary Secondary Education, Partnerships in Education, Private Sector, School Business Relationship, School Restructuring
Council for Aid to Education, 51 Madison Avenue, Suite 2200, New York, NY 10010 ($25).
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Council for Aid to Education, New York, NY.