ERIC Number: ED402655
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1996-Oct
Reference Count: N/A
Lessons Learned: How Collaboration Contributes to School Improvement. State Leadership for Learning.
Education Commission of the States, Denver, CO.
Paradoxically, educators can be quite successful at building the necessary community coalitions around their restructuring efforts and yet experience isolation from their peers who are also engaged in restructuring work. This publication describes outcomes of a program that linked schools working to implement the Nine Common Principles of the Coalition of Essential Schools (CES). CES is a high school-university partnership that works to redesign the American high schools for better learning and achievement. The SBC Foundation (SBCF), which is administered by the Education Commission of the States (ECS), provided grants to nine self-selected networks or clusters of schools in Arkansas, Missouri, and Texas. This report summarizes major findings and results of cluster activities that took place during 1994-95. The clusters facilitated a sense of ownership among faculty and staff; community and student involvement; respect and trust among peers; an opportunity to assess progress; and resource sharing. Factors that impeded collaboration included scheduling conflicts, leadership change, political opposition, and geographic distance. Elements of effective interschool cooperation include a clear understanding of vision and goals, inclusiveness/ownership, diverse membership, administrative mechanisms that support the network, adequate funding and resources, university alignment, documentation of accomplishments, and commitment. A summary of each cluster school's accomplishments is included. Contact information is provided for Re:Learning, school clusters, and the Coalition of Essential Schools. The appendix includes the nine common principles of the CES. (LMI)
Descriptors: College School Cooperation, Educational Cooperation, Elementary Secondary Education, Outcomes of Education, Partnerships in Education, Professional Development, School Restructuring
ECS Distribution Center, 707 17th Street, Suite 2700, Denver, CO 80202-3427 (Stock No. SI-96-6; $8 plus $3 postage and handling; quantity discounts).
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Education Commission of the States, Denver, CO.