ERIC Number: ED440441
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1998
Reference Count: N/A
Comprehensive School Reform: Making Good Choices. A Guide for Schools and Districts.
This guide is designed to help educators make good decisions about comprehensive school reform (CSR). Since CSR takes different forms in different schools, the booklet should help schools craft a unique plan that builds on unique strengths. It emphasizes the importance of choosing carefully one or more research-based CSR models to serve as the centerpiece for reform and then developing a common vision of change. Some 17 models are offered, and, although they might not meet every need of a school's CSR approach, they can provide essential guidance. Since choosing a model is essential to the process, the text lists nine criteria to consider when selecting a plan, which is followed by four basic steps for decision-making: (1) laying the groundwork; (2) evaluating the current situation; (3) profiling an ideal approach; and (4) deciding on a model. These protocols should help educators assess student learning and accomplishments, create a profile of an ideal CSR approach, and conduct research on a variety of CSR models. The bulk of the guide is contained in eight appendices that feature a self-evaluation tool, a summary of a self-evaluation, a profiling tool, a student-population chart, a sample research grid, and a list of resources. (RJM)
Descriptors: Educational Administration, Educational Change, Educational Improvement, Elementary Secondary Education, Instructional Leadership, Models, School Restructuring, Selection Tools
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Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Administrators; Practitioners
Sponsor: Office of Educational Research and Improvement (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: North Central Regional Educational Lab., Oak Brook, IL.