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ERIC Number: ED460234
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2001-Jun
Pages: 60
Abstractor: N/A
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Teaming up for School Improvement in New York City: Civic Strategies, the Board of Education, Vocational High Schools, and Unions. IEE Working Paper.
Hughes, Katherine L.; Bailis, Lawrence Neil
This report describes the progress of a school improvement initiative in New York City's vocational high schools. The New York City Board of Education contracted with Civic Strategies, a non-profit firm, to implement a vocational school improvement effort for 2 years. Civic Strategies' three-step model of school improvement involved: completion of school needs assessment and staff buy-in, development of school-specific improvement plans, and delivery of tailored professional development activities. The needs assessment highlighted such problems as too little collaboration between the academic and vocational areas, weak links with business and industry, and lack of time. In most schools, there was room for considerable growth in the management capacities of school building leaders and administrators. Data from site observations and interviews with school staff indicated that the Civic Strategies approach was thoughtful, well-founded, and well-implemented, given the conditions at the targeted schools and the very limited budget. Where buy-in was successful, Civic Strategies was able to roll out the rest of the model and make progress toward positive change. This occurred in about two-thirds of the schools. At the other one-third, implementation became stuck at the initial stages. (Contains 29 references.) (SM)
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Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
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Language: English
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Authoring Institution: Columbia Univ., New York, NY. Inst. on Education and the Economy.