ERIC Number: ED395384
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1995
School-Based Reform: Lessons from a National Study. A Guide for School Reform Teams.
Quellmalz, Edys; And Others
This guidebook was designed to be used as a resource by teachers and school administrators interested in implementing school-based reforms. It provides examples of promising reform strategies and lessons learned from a national study of school-based reform. The congressionally mandated study of Effective Schools Programs was conducted by an independent firm for the United States Department of Education during the 1991-92 school year. Data were obtained through a mail survey of 1,550 school districts, mail and telephone surveys of administrators at all state education agencies, and case studies of reform efforts in 32 schools in 5 states. The states included California, Connecticut, Kentucky, South Dakota, and Washington. Following the introduction, the second section describes the lessons learned from the case studies. The successful examples of school-based reform shared a core set of characteristics: a clear focus on creating more challenging learning experiences for all students; a school culture in which teachers worked collaboratively and had a voice in decisions that directly affected their ability to improve classroom practice; and opportunities for teachers and administrators to gain knowledge and build their professional capacity. The third section provides more detailed examples of schools involved in promising reforms. The fourth section discusses what district staff can do to support school-based reform: (1) serve as an initial stimulus; (2) assemble resources; and (3) offer a broader professional forum. Contains an annotated list of research and how-to resources. (LMI)
Descriptors: Educational Change, Elementary Secondary Education, National Surveys, School Based Management, School Districts, School Effectiveness, School Restructuring, State Action
U.S. Government Printing Office, Superintendent of Documents, Mail Stop: SSOP, Washington, DC 20402-9328.
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Department of Education, Washington, DC. Office of the Under Secretary.
Authoring Institution: SRI International, Menlo Park, CA.