ERIC Number: ED377792
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1994-Nov
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A University/School Collaboration Model for Systemic Change through Site-Based Management.
Hackmann, Donald G.; Berry, James E.
The Eastern Michigan University (EMU) Collaborative School Improvement Program was established in 1978 within the College of Education's Office of Collaborative Education. The program assists local district personnel with school improvement and staff development activities through training teachers, administrators, board members, and other staff in system-wide change. EMU provides financial and technical assistance to each project site, and a university faculty member is assigned to facilitate each school's change efforts. School faculty members are recognized as equal shareholders in the change process as they collaboratively identify needs that are in alignment with their school building and district improvement plans. This paper discusses assumptions that guide the school improvement process, describes a district-wide model for systemic change piloted in the South Lyon (Michigan) Community School District, outlines a six-step process for systemic change, and examines the value of shared decision making and site-based management. The paper concludes that conditions supportive of substantive change at the building level are more likely to occur when a school district governance structure supports systemic change. (Contains 17 references.) (JDD)
Descriptors: Change Strategies, College School Cooperation, Cooperative Programs, Educational Change, Educational Improvement, Governance, Higher Education, Inservice Teacher Education, Models, Participative Decision Making, Partnerships in Education, Pilot Projects, School Based Management, School Districts, Staff Development
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Descriptive
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