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ERIC Number: ED389078
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1995-Apr
Pages: 31
Abstractor: N/A
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Accelerated Districts--The Next Step. A Summary of Research and Design.
Driver, Cyrus; And Others
The National Center for the Accelerated Schools Project at Stanford University has recognized that district-level change is necessary if changes at accelerated schools are to gain permanence and become widespread. The Center has therefore initiated a research and development project to design a set of models on which districts can reconstitute themselves as accelerated districts. These districts will support and perhaps even mirror their accelerated schools in their guiding philosophy and organization. This paper describes the Center's effort to develop models of accelerated districts, including the history of and rationale for accelerated schools. It also describes the Center's first attempt at school-district transformation, a collaboration with San Jose Unified School District (California). The San Jose experience taught participants the following lessons: (1) include all stakeholders in the "buy-in" decision; (2) design a fully developed model before implementation; (3) accurately assess needed and available resources; (4) build trust and belief among participants; (5) address external and internal politics; and (6) identify effective forms of communication. Recent accomplishments of the Center include the development of three organizational models for district implementation and a plan for creating a district design team. (Contains 15 references.) (LMI)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Descriptive
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Language: English
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