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ERIC Number: ED425500
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1998-Apr
Pages: 31
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: N/A
Supporting School-Based Reform: Lessons from the Work of the California Center for School Restructuring.
Korostoff, Marilyn; Beck, Lynn; Gibb, Sharon
In 1991, the California Center for School Restructuring (CCSR) was charged with assisting approximately 144 schools that were funded by California's SB 1274 restructuring legislation. This study investigated the work of the CCSR, not to evaluate the organization, but to tell the story of CCSR and its attempts to encourage and enable schools to focus on ensuring that every child not only receives a good education but also learns in powerful ways. The paper begins with a description of the methodology, including qualitative written surveys and telephone interviews, and the guiding questions, procedures, and data-analysis techniques that were used. Forty-one individuals who held various positions in the restructuring were identified from around California to participate in the study. The findings identified numerous themes, which are organized around the four guiding questions: What is unique about CCSR as an organization? What work is being done by CCSR? What factors have shaped the development of CCSR activities? and What work remains to be done? The themes that emerged include CCSR's belief that California's restructuring initiative must center on, start from, and flow from learning and teaching and that CCSR embraces a nondirective approach to promoting change. Almost all site administrators or teachers spoke favorably of various statewide activities sponsored by CCSR. Some of the lessons learned include the need to give schools ample time to restructure and recognizing the strengths and weaknesses of modeling as a reform strategy. (Contains 30 references.) (RJM)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: California