ERIC Number: ED408429
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1997-Mar
Reference Count: N/A
School-to-Work: It's Elementary.
A study described the experiences of elementary educators who are attempting to implement a districtwide School-To-Work (STW) reform effort in the Milwaukee (Wisconsin) Public Schools (MPS). The descriptions were derived from the first and second years of a 3-year evaluation of MPS's STW implementation plan. Data for the study were drawn from the following sources: detailed case studies of 18 of the 44 schools directly involved in the project; surveys of 44 STW implementers, participating teachers (504 in year 1 and 553 in year 2), and 129 business and community partners; and focus groups of parents and students. The study found three factors that most influenced the successful implementation of STW: (1) a clear vision of STW; (2) a person who serves as a "point person" for STW; and (3) a purposeful selection of business and community partners. In cases where STW was successful, students were more engaged in education and test scores improved. (The report includes 18 references and 2 appendixes that provide elementary school demographics and an outline of the characteristics of a STW school.) (KC)
Descriptors: Change Agents, Community Involvement, Education Work Relationship, Educational Change, Educational Improvement, Educational Practices, Elementary Education, Elementary Schools, Guidelines, Institutional Cooperation, Program Implementation, School Business Relationship
The research in this paper was supported by funding from the Helen Bader Foundation, Inc.
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: SRI International, Menlo Park, CA.