ERIC Number: ED424413
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1997-Dec
Reference Count: N/A
Lessons Learned: Five Years in the Urban Schools Network.
Andrew, Erika Nielsen; Dornsife, Carolyn; Flack, Maggie; Hallinan, Mayo Tsuzuki; Jackson, Lola; Raby, Marilyn; Steadman, Mimi Harris
The 10 chapters in this book provide an overview of 5 years of work by member schools and colleges in the Urban Schools Network, which provides technical assistance to schools in 31 urban areas. "Overview of the Urban Schools Network" (Lola Jackson) is a history, defining purposes, participants, and priorities. "Integrating Academic and Vocational Education" (Marilyn Raby) reviews features of and rationale for integrated curricula and provides examples from practice. "Work-Based Learning" (Maggie Flack) looks at how sites have developed programs with a focus on quality and connections to school learning. "Alternative Scheduling" (Mimi Harris Steadman) addresses a feature that has evolved as a key strategy at several schools to make time for innovative curriculum and out-of-classroom activities. "Whole School Change" (Mayo Tsuzuki Hallinan) traces the evolution across sites, from an emphasis on tech prep and integrated curriculum programs that affect some students to implementation of whole school change efforts. "Professional Development" (Mimi Harris Steadman) addresses strategies sites use to support reform efforts. "Guidance and Counseling" (Lola Jackson) provides snapshots of guidance programs. "The Postsecondary Partner" (Carolyn Dornsife) addresses sites' work to build links between secondary and postsecondary institutions. "Evaluation for Program Improvement" (Carolyn Dornsife) discusses the challenges, particularly tracking students within and between different programs and institutions. "Final Reflections" (Erika Nielsen Andrew) synthesizes lessons about school change applicable to any school reform effort. (Individual chapters include references.) (YLB)
Descriptors: Academic Education, Career Guidance, College School Cooperation, Educational Change, Educational Development, Educational History, Educational Innovation, Guidance Programs, Integrated Curriculum, Postsecondary Education, Professional Development, Program Evaluation, Program Improvement, Secondary Education, Tech Prep, Urban Schools, Vocational Education
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Publication Type: Collected Works - General; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Vocational and Adult Education (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: National Center for Research in Vocational Education, Berkeley, CA.