ERIC Number: ED460979
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1994
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Success on the Highway to Change: Sketches of Restructuring Schools.
Klonsky, Susan E.
Researchers report that fundamental reform is under way in perhaps one-third of Chicago public schools, involving more than 100,000 students. These sketches of schools where restructuring is taking place provide some clues to fundamental questions about educational change. The Chicago School Reform Act of 1988 established local school councils and imposed goals, objectives, and outcomes to be addressed in 3-year improvement plans. Goals ranged from raising test scores to reducing dropouts and increasing parent participation. Profiles of five elementary schools, three high schools, a developmental center for the disabled, and a magnet elementary school for the arts indicate some common features in reform successes. On the whole, the schools are well anchored in their communities, involving parents and community members in their efforts. They are innovative and use a variety of strategies to promote the self-esteem, self-expression, and internal strengths of their students. At each school in this report, parent education is a big part of daily life. The leadership of the principal has also been an essential one in the ongoing reform efforts in all these schools. Sketches of the following schools are included: Hefferan Elementary; Amundsen High; Duprey Elementary; Flower Vocational; Nobel Elementary; Davis Development Center; Davis Elementary; Harper High; Howland School of Arts; and Clark Elementary. (SLD)
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Disabilities, Dropout Prevention, Educational Change, Educational Objectives, Elementary Secondary Education, Instructional Leadership, Magnet Schools, Parent Education, Principals, Profiles, School Community Relationship, School Councils, School Restructuring, Self Esteem, Urban Schools
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Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
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Sponsor: John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, Chicago, IL.; Office of Educational Research and Improvement (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: North Central Regional Educational Lab., Oak Brook, IL.