ERIC Number: ED434194
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1999-Apr-22
Reference Count: N/A
Urban Elementary Schools Implementing Title I School-Wide Projects: Issues of Leadership, School Climate and Philosophy of Teaching and Learning.
This paper presents data from the first year of a study that seeks to reveal the effective practices and structures that address the match between the philosophy of Title I and beliefs and practices at the school site. A national study has been designed to investigate the compliance and effectiveness of urban schoolwide Title I programs. As part of this study, the SouthEastern Regional Vision for Education (SERVE) selected the Empowerment Zone within the Atlanta (Georgia) city limit that includes the Atlanta public school system. One high-performing school and one school with scores lower than expected were studied through surveys of parents, teachers, principals, and students and interviews with principals and teachers, supplemented by classroom observations. Parent surveys revealed that legislative expectations, such as high standards, were being implemented at the more effective school. Teachers and principals also thought that Title I was bringing new opportunities to the school. At this school, teachers consistently identified the school's vision for learning in terms of high standards for students. Parents and teachers at the less effective school were much less certain of the role of Title I in fulfilling its legislative expectations, and much less sure of the school's mission. Implications for improved schoolwide practices derived from this study center on leadership by principals, who must have knowledge of the possibilities of educational improvement under Title I. (SLD)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Educational Research and Improvement (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Southeastern Regional Vision for Education (SERVE), Tallahassee, FL.
Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: Elementary and Secondary Education Act Title I; Improving Americas Schools Act 1994 Title I