ERIC Number: ED423341
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1998-Mar
Reference Count: N/A
Restructuring Student Support Services: Redefining the Role of the School District. Children Achieving: Philadelphia's Education Reform. Progress Report Series 1996-1997.
This report describes how staff at the school, cluster, and central offices have responded to the Philadelphia district's new student support ethos. This report does not present student outcome data or measure the quantity or quality of services because the evaluation teams believed it was too early in the implementation of the initiative to expect students to be affected to a measurable degree. This report does present findings on the district's most substantial attempt to redesign student support services, the Family Resource Network. The Family Resource Network seeks to improve coordination of student support services with city social services and community organizations. The evaluation team conducted interviews with more than 300 employees and representatives of external agencies, observed meetings, analyzed documents, and conducted an opinion survey of more than half of the district's 12,000 teachers. In these early days of the Children Achieving initiative, the school district has struggled with finding a balance between service provision and service coordination. Answers should emerge as the district focuses more closely on support services, but the district is cautioned against separating administration of student support and instruction to a great degree. (Contains 3 tables and 27 references.) (SLD)
Descriptors: Delivery Systems, Educational Change, Elementary Secondary Education, Organizational Development, Program Implementation, School Personnel, Teacher Surveys, Urban Education, Urban Schools
Consortium for Policy Research in Education, Graduate School of Education, University of Pennsylvania, 3440 Market Street, Suite 560, Philadelphia, PA 19104-3325; telephone: 215-573-0700; Children Achieving Challenge, c/o Greater Philadelphia First, 1818 Market Street, Suite 3510, Philadelphia, PA 19103-3681; telephone: 215-575-2200; fax: 215-575-2222.
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Children Achieving Challenge, Philadelphia, PA.
Authoring Institution: Consortium for Policy Research in Education, Philadelphia, PA.; Research for Action, Inc., Philadelphia, PA.; OMG Center for Collaborative Learning, Philadelphia, PA.