ERIC Number: ED425510
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1998
Reference Count: N/A
Understanding California's School Improvement Issues: A Handbook. EdSource School Improvement Project.
EdSource, Inc., Palo Alto, CA.
This handbook is designed to help school communities work together to strengthen California's public schools. It provides information to help leaders in school-improvement efforts be more effective and is designed for parent leaders, teacher leaders, school administrators, businesspeople, philanthropists, school board members, and others with a stake in the schools. Section A opens with an overview of changes in California education and what public schools must do to keep up with these changes. Sections B-G outline six key education-improvement issues: (1) curriculum--what subjects schools should teach and how these subjects fit together; (2) student performance--how well students are learning and how this learning can be measured; (3) teaching and instruction--the different ways that students, classes, and time can be organized to affect learning and the challenges facing educators; (4) school funding--how much schools must spend and how they can spend it; (5) the system itself--who is responsible for what duties in California schools, including ways in which schools are held accountable for their performance; and (6) a shared responsibility--how can schools and communities work better together. Each section includes a brief description of what's happening in California today; a brief discussion of key issues and trends shaping the future; suggestions for effective ways to get involved; and a list of resources and references. An appendix also lists agencies that can help. (RJM)
Descriptors: Curriculum Development, Educational Change, Educational Finance, Educational Improvement, Elementary Secondary Education, Expectation, Public Schools, School Community Relationship, School Effectiveness, School Restructuring, Summative Evaluation
EdSource, 4151 Middlefield Road, Suite 100, Palo Alto, CA 94303-4743; Web site: http://www.edsource.org ($35 plus $2.40 shipping and handling, book rate; extra charge for first class and overnight shipping; quantity discount on orders of 5 or more).
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: James G. Irvine Foundation, San Francisco, CA.
Authoring Institution: EdSource, Inc., Palo Alto, CA.
Identifiers - Location: California