ERIC Number: ED428138
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1999-Jan
Reference Count: N/A
Disseminating Success for All: Lessons for Policy and Practice. Report No. 30.
Slavin, Robert E.; Madden, Nancy A.
Success for All, a comprehensive schoolwide reform program for elementary schools serving many children placed at risk of school failure, was first piloted in one Baltimore (Maryland) elementary school in the 1987-88 school year. Since then, the program has expanded rapidly; as of 1998-99, it was in more than 1,100 schools in 300 districts in 44 states throughout the United States. Success for All requires a great deal of professional development done over an extended period of time to help schools start children with success. This report describes the dissemination experience of Success for All, including the strategies pursued, the relative success of various dissemination routes, and the implications of these experiences for public policy. This experience has led Success for All developers to conclude that successful dissemination requires a combination of talented, dedicated trainers and a local and national network of schools willing and able to provide technical and emotional support. Employing full-time, regionally based trainers recruited from outstanding Success for All Schools is the most effective way of building the staff. In contrast, it is noted that strategies depending on involvement of other organizations or on part-time certified trainers have rarely been successful. To offer research-based, replicable school designs to large numbers of schools, national and state policy makers need to help existing and new reform networks build up their training capacity and provide funds to schools to help them with startup costs. (Contains 1 table and 18 references.) (SLD)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Educational Research and Improvement (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Center for Research on the Education of Students Placed At Risk, Baltimore, MD.