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ERIC Number: ED421776
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1998-Apr
Pages: 25
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Partners in School Innovation: An Unusual Approach to Change Facilitation.
Grose, Kim
This paper describes the work of an unusual kind of change facilitator lacking formal authority or educational expertise. Founded in 1993, Partners in School Innovation is a nonprofit organization that supports whole-school change efforts in schools serving low-income communities across the San Francisco Bay Area. It commits to 3- or 5-year partnerships with elementary and middle schools that have articulated clear goals, identified implementation strategies, and can use support from Partners--diverse, college-educated AmeriCorps members serving alongside teachers while implementing long-term change projects. Teams of Partners currently work with seven schools in five Bay Area school districts. By 1998, Partners had worked with 2 of its partner schools for almost 5 years. At Hillcrest Elementary School, Partners served as managers and trainers to help teachers adopt and implement Reciprocal Teaching and establish a family literacy program. At Thornhill Elementary, Partners worked as close colleagues of teachers striving to develop a schoolwide assessment system. Partners are site-based, flexible, collaborative, and expert networkers. Working with teachers in their classrooms and knowing students well enabled Partners to help teachers bridge the gap between initial learning and deep practice. Teachers need this type of ongoing support. (Contains 25 references.) (MLH)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: California