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ERIC Number: ED440096
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1999-Dec-8
Pages: 20
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: N/A
From the Teacher to the Top.
Seifert, Edward H.; Seifert, M. Judith
Some promising educational reforms are aimed at the classroom (strengthening the interaction between students and teachers and enhancing the curriculum). Change models most likely to succeed are those that give teachers, students, and other stakeholders a clear, common vision of their school's direction. When teachers translate visions into classroom practice, curricular and instructional change occurs. The change should emphasize teaching that moves away from a model of expert delivery of knowledge from teacher to student to a model of facilitated, engaged learning environments, with students actively engaged in discovery and authentic tasks. The first step in the systemic change process is to build a vision. This should involve members of every sector of the organization that will be affected. The next step is to examine the current situation. The third step is to compare the vision with the current status of the organization, prioritize areas for change, and set goals. The final step is to develop and implement an action plan using action research. The paper examines obstacles to change, discussing types of resistors. It presents research on curriculum change and describes the implementation of teacher leadership in one Texas school district, examining the evaluation of this curriculum change effort. (SM)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Texas