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ERIC Number: ED425521
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1998-Apr
Pages: 13
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Empowering People as a Matter of Policy: Five Years of Success of a State-Initiated Regional Alliance Network for Middle School Restructuring.
Teitel, Lee
In 1992, Massachusetts's Department of Education established five regional alliances throughout the state to support middle-school restructuring and reform. The project began with 50 schools and colleges and grew to include 11 alliances comprised of more than 165 schools and colleges. A statewide case study that describes the alliances, the professional development programs they run for teachers and administrators, how they were organized and funded, the impact their work has had on changes in classroom teaching, and their evolving relationship with the DOE is described in this paper. The case chronology focuses on implementation and includes governance issues, organizational challenges, and descriptions of professional development offerings the alliances have provided. The research is qualitative, using multiple perspectives of the events that are described and analyzed. Data were collected through short interviews and observations at the statewide organizational meeting that inaugurated the alliances, at the semiannual meetings of all the individual alliances' steering committee officers, at the statewide annual conferences, and at several alliance steering committee meetings. The data show that faculty participating in the alliances reported more involvement in professional development activities, an increased willingness to change their teaching, and a more positive attitude toward teaching. (RJM)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Massachusetts