ERIC Number: ED454565
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1999-Jul
Reference Count: N/A
Implementing Whole-School Reform. ERIC Digest Number 128.
This Digest examines the key issues surrounding the implementation of schoolwide reform. It discusses how whole-school reform results can be dramatic but that schools must take special care with implementing the reforms. It examines the importance of outside assistance in reform efforts and reports that design teams are typically used by schools contemplating reform. Such teams can integrate reform efforts into one comprehensive effort, rather than trying to implement fragments. However, in choosing a school-reform model, the most important first step is a thorough self-study; once a school's strengths and weaknesses are accounted for, the model has a much greater chance of success. After a model is chosen, the school must set clear goals for student outcomes and must be sure to have open communication between the design team and the school. The next biggest challenge that reform-minded schools face is that of funding. Federal funding is available, but it does not cover all costs, and it is recommended that states and districts create an investment fund that draws on public and private sources to support the implementation of reform models. Finally, other factors that affect implementation--strong leadership, teacher commitment, and a supportive student body--are discussed. (Contains 10 references.) (RJM)
Descriptors: Change Agents, Change Strategies, Educational Change, Elementary Secondary Education, Excellence in Education, Program Design, Program Implementation, Resistance to Change, School Restructuring
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Publication Type: ERIC Publications; ERIC Digests in Full Text
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Educational Research and Improvement (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: ERIC Clearinghouse on Educational Management, Eugene, OR.