ERIC Number: ED426478
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1995
Reference Count: N/A
Lessons from Four Reforms: Learning from Research and Practice.
Lockwood, Anne Turnbaugh
New Leaders for Tomorrow's Schools, v1 n2 Win 1995
Numerous methods for school reform have been promoted in the United States. Some lessons about school restructuring, reform, and improvement are offered in this report. The text examines four current educational reforms: Henry Levin's Accelerated Schools Project, Theodore R. Sizer's Coalition of Essential Schools, James Comer's School Development Program, and Robert Slavin's Success for All. Key questions include: What are these programs' goals, strategies, and accomplishments? What evidence points to their effectiveness in schools? and What overarching principles from these reforms can be applied to a school or district? A synthesis of the four reforms is offered, followed by a selected bibliography. The common characteristics of these reform efforts are their emphasis on powerful or authentic instruction, their restructuring of pedagogy to accommodate shifts to higher order thinking skills and problem solving, their alteration of governance to include all stakeholders in the educational process, their facilitation of learning and instruction through structure changes, and their emphasis on acceleration rather than remediation. An indepth story of each reform as told by the school leader responsible for implementing it is offered and includes ideas on staff development, inclusive frameworks, indicators of success, school climate, student achievement and learning, and other practical concerns. (RJM)
Descriptors: Case Studies, Change Strategies, Educational Change, Educational Improvement, Educational Practices, Elementary Secondary Education, Program Effectiveness, Theory Practice Relationship
Web site: http://www.ncrel.org/cscd/pubs/newlead.htm
Publication Type: Collected Works - Serials; Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Educational Research and Improvement (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: North Central Regional Educational Lab., Oak Brook, IL.