ERIC Number: ED428888
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1999
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The Restructuring of an Urban Elementary School: Lessons Learned as a Professional Development School Liaison.
Davis, Michael D.
Early Childhood Research & Practice, v1 n1 Spr 1999
Collaborations between universities and schools can yield many benefits for both partners, but even in the best collaborations, some problems cannot be resolved easily. This paper describes the experiences over several years of one university-school collaboration, exploring the nature of collaborations that attempt to both restructure schools and provide high-quality opportunities for teacher preparation through Professional Development School (PDS) activities. The paper begins with background information on the university and inner-city school involved in the collaboration and the origin, purposes, and evolution of the program. The paper then discusses the change process, describing the slow process of building trust between the university liaison and school staff. Positive, permanent changes that occurred through 6 years of the collaboration are described, including the hiring of a full-time school social worker and full-time parent coordinator, having a General Equivalency Diploma (GED) course moved to the school's new parent resource room, and changes in the school's instructional program to become more child-centered. The paper concludes with reflections on the collaboration and complex change process, offering nine lessons grouped into three categories (Necessary Knowledge, Teacher Needs, and Research Priority) that are critical to such collaborations. Contains 11 references. (Author/EV)
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
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