ERIC Number: ED426509
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1997-Mar
Reference Count: N/A
Reflections on Re:Learning in Colorado: A Report for Educators.
Colorado State Dept. of Education, Denver.
This report presents a composite picture of the experiences and patterns of change exhibited by six Colorado high schools after implementing the nine itemized principles of the Coalition of Essential Schools, as espoused by Theodore Sizer in "Horace's Compromise." The nine principles are: intellectual focus, simple goals, universal goals, personalization, student-as-worker, diploma by exhibition, tone, staff, and budget. By using a variety of traditional and nontraditional performance indicators, each school underwent two independent reviews; one during the initial year, 1992-93, established a baseline, and the second, during 1995-96, provided a year-by-year analysis of the intervening years. A three-way partnership, known as Re:Learning, helps schools in 12 states redesign their teaching, learning, and administrative strategies in accordance with Coalition principles. In this partnership the Coalition of Essential Schools, based at Brown University, along with the Education Commission of the States, based in Denver, and the school's own state department of education work together to help foster school-level innovation and improvement. Section 1 briefly describes the six Colorado Re:Learning schools. Sections 2 through 4 examine the approaches taken by these schools and the changes brought about by their Re:Learning experiences. Section 5 looks at statewide and local efforts that support Re:Learning schools. Section 6 provides a look at the course of reform at the six schools. Finally, section 7 contains perspectives from the principals and coordinators regarding what they learned from the programs and how their commitments for the future have been affected. (RIB)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Colorado State Dept. of Education, Denver.
Identifiers - Location: Colorado