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ERIC Number: ED408429
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1997-Mar
Pages: 35
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: N/A
School-to-Work: It's Elementary.
Padilla, Christine
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)
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
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: SRI International, Menlo Park, CA.