ERIC Number: ED402408
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1996
Reference Count: N/A
The Cornerstone Project: Building a Foundation for Urban Adolescent Learning. Research Report #14.
de Acosta, Martha
The Cornerstone Project was developed to build a strong foundation for urban adolescent student learning through staff development and student leadership development. This report summarizes its implementation and objectives and considers the responses of students and teachers. The program was developed at the Martin Luther King Law and Public Service Magnet School, Cleveland (Ohio). Enhanced student achievement at the school was the ultimate expected outcome. Thirteen de facto student leaders (students recognized as leaders with behaviors that educators considered negative) and eight leaders by virtue of election to student office (de jure leaders) were recruited for leadership training. Fifty-five teachers and counselors participated in one orientation and nine professional development workshops. Outcome and process evaluations examined both components of the program. Half of the de facto leaders completed the program. Students had been selected because of their degree of disengagement and influence over their peers, and these very qualities made working with them difficult. Outcomes of the professional development component were positive, with positive teacher reactions to the workshops and the facilitator. Lessons from the project are being used to build on its accomplishments and to strengthen professional development and student engagement. (Contains one figure and one reference.) (SLD)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Martha Holden Jennings Foundation, Cleveland, OH.; Cleveland Foundation, OH.
Authoring Institution: Cleveland State Univ., OH. Urban Child Research Center.