ERIC Number: ED383063
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1995-Feb
Designing New American Schools: Baseline Observations on Nine Design Teams.
Bodilly, Susan; And Others
This paper describes the initial efforts of the New American Schools Development Corporation (NASDC), a private, nonprofit corporation created as part of the American 2000 initiative to fund the development of new designs for American schools. NASDC is currently funding nine teams to develop and demonstrate designs for high-performing schools. This paper describes results of an evaluation of the nine design teams and their respective sites. It provides baseline information about the designs and how they developed from concepts to demonstrations in real schools. It also describes the initial NASDC efforts, compares and contrasts the nine different designs and their demonstration strategies, and describes the sites that have become partners with the nine design teams. Data were collected through site visits and interviews with participants. Also, proposals, design documents, and interim reports were reviewed. The teams' proposals varied in four different ways--by the scope of the design and its required collaborators, the chosen demonstration strategy, readiness factors, and site choices. Those teams with core focus designs, a team specification-and-development approach, a strong indication of readiness, and a modest number of sites are more likely to be successful. Two teams fit this description--the Audrey Cohen College System of Education (implemented at schools in Phoenix and San Diego), and Roots and Wings (at St. Mary's County, Maryland). Nine figures and four tables are included. Contains 12 references. (LMI)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Rand Corp., Santa Monica, CA. Inst. on Education and Training.
Note: Report prepared for the New American Schools Development Corporation.