ERIC Number: ED423479
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1998-Sep
Reference Count: N/A
Restructuring Boards of Education To Enhance Schools' Effectiveness in Addressing Barriers to Student Learning. A Center Report.
California Univ., Los Angeles. Dept. of Psychology.
With little attention paid to the way barriers to learning are addressed, many students are unable to take advantage of instructional improvements. During 1998 a nationwide coalition of organizations was established which focused on how to enhance policy cohesion in the area of barriers to student learning. This report provides information for school boards to use at the local level in order to revisit policies and issues that are reducing the impact of programs and services designed to improve instruction. School boards are encouraged to take a critical step in implementing effective reform and restructuring in schools by adding an enabling component to their model. The discussion explores (1) why school boards need to increase their focus on addressing barriers to learning; (2) the benefits accrued from addressing barriers and building in implementation processes to enable learning; (3) rethinking the school board's committee structure to build in an enhanced focus on addressing barriers to student learning; (4) lessons learned from a major school district where the board has begun the process. Diagrams and charts are provided for model processes. Materials may be reproduced for school board use. (Contains 24 references.) (EMK)
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Board of Education Policy, Boards of Education, Elementary Secondary Education, Instructional Effectiveness, Instructional Improvement, Models, Program Effectiveness, Program Implementation, Student Development
School Mental Health Project, Dept. of Psychology, Box 951563, UCLA, Los Angeles, CA 90095-1563; Tel: 310-825-3634.
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Health Resources and Services Administration (DHHS/PHS), Washington, DC. Maternal and Child Health Bureau.
Authoring Institution: California Univ., Los Angeles. Dept. of Psychology.