ERIC Number: ED405632
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1992
Sustainable School Reform: The District Context for School Improvement.
Lezotte, Lawrence W.; Jacoby, Barbara C.
This guidebook offers strategies for creating a district context that is conducive to initiating and sustaining school improvement. Designed to provide resources for those working at school district level, the five stages of the school-improvement process are based on effective-schools research--organize, focus, analyze, develop, and implement/evaluate. Following the introduction, the first section offers an overview of the development of effective-schools research. The following sections focus on steps to achieve each of the stages involved in developing a district plan for school improvement: (1) Organize--"What does this district need to know?" (change, characteristics of an effective district, roles and responsibilities of school district personnel, stakeholder involvement); (2) Focus--"Where does the district want to go?" (getting started, demographics, beliefs and mission, district learner outcomes); (3) Analyze--"Where is the district now?" (data disaggression, learning environment (correlates), accreditation--local, state, and national); (4) Development--"How will the district get there?" (12-K student learner outcomes, alignment (curriculum, instruction, assessment), monitoring student learner outcomes, building-based improvement planning); and (5) Implement and Evaluate--"How will the district know it got there?--(building-based improvement plans, personnel evaluation systems, monitoring school improvement--district and building; implementation and continuation). Appendices contain strategic assumptions of the effective-schools process, correlates of effective schools: the first and second generation, instruments for assessing characteristics of an effective school, and two examples of Indicators of School Effectiveness District School Improvement Staff Perceptions Survey (30 pages). (Contains 54 references.) (LMI)
Descriptors: Change Strategies, Educational Assessment, Educational Change, Educational Improvement, Educational Planning, Educational Quality, Effective Schools Research, Elementary Secondary Education, Program Implementation, School Districts, School Effectiveness
Effective Schools Products, Ltd., 2199 Jolly Road, Suite 160, Okemos, MI 48864.
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Effective Schools Products, Ltd., Okemos, MI.