ERIC Number: ED436844
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1999
A Patchwork Quilt of Change: The Case Study of Brentmoor Elementary School. Transforming Learning Communities.
Sekayi, Dia; Peterman, Francine; Stakich, Karen; Caputo, Donna
This book is part of a series of case studies that demonstrate better ways to educate Ohio's students. The case study is part of the Transforming Learning Communities (TLC) Project, designed to support significant school-reform efforts among Ohio's elementary, middle, and high schools. This report describes the implementation of an innovative program at an elementary school in northeastern Ohio. It draws on the metaphor of the patchwork quilt to describe the changes at the school. Researchers observed the daily life of the school, interviewed project participants, gathered historical documents, recorded events, and analyzed stakeholders' stories. The text provides an overview of the principles and practices of change and how the school settled on the Paideia Model of school reform. The book focuses on the beliefs of the Paideia designers and trainers; the implementation of the reform program; and the principles, practices, and processes involved in becoming a Paideia school. It outlines planning among school decision makers and their push for collaboration, shared decision making, increased parental involvement, and professional development. The report also describes the changes wrought by physical space, pedagogy, team teaching, and coaching. The book closes with an assessment of the varying depths of engagement used at the school. The appendix describes the project methodology. (RJM)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Ohio State Dept. of Education, Columbus.; Ontario Inst. for Studies in Education, Toronto.