ERIC Number: ED461696
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1997
Reference Count: N/A
Can Change Happen Fast? Preliminary Findings of a Comprehensive School Reform Effort. Spotlight on Student Success.
This analysis discusses 5 elementary schools in the District of Columbia that have demonstrated significant educational improvements in less than 6 months after the implementation of the Community for Learning (CFL), a collaborative project initiated between the Office of the Superintendent of D.C. Public Schools, the Laboratory for Student Success, and the 5 schools. The overall goal of this collaborative effort is to establish a network of schools to demonstrate the feasibility and effectiveness of implementing the CFL program. Implementation of the CFL during this first year focused on the classroom instruction component, the Adaptive Learning Environments Model (ALEM), which is a classroom instructional and management delivery system that gives specific guidance in implementing an inclusive instructional approach that provides for student diversity in regular classes. Through the ALEM model, students receive individualized support from an instructional team made up of classroom teachers and specialist teachers. Students of all levels of ability receive appropriate instruction without experiencing the negative effects of ability segregation. A total of 142 staff members from the 5 schools participated in the implementation process, which took place for 3 cohorts of teachers in the 1996-97 school year. They were able to initiate program implementation immediately after their initial training, and many achieved moderate to high implementation within 6 months. Evaluation at 6 months showed students spending more time in small-group activities. A significant correlation was found between level of program implementation and positive results in terms of teacher attitudes. Initial findings also indicate an overall positive pattern of improvement in student achievement, with gains in reading achievement test results, and positive changes in the achievement rankings of the five CFL schools when compared with all other elementary schools in the District. (SLD)
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Achievement Gains, Cooperation, Disadvantaged Youth, Educational Change, Educational Improvement, Elementary Education, Elementary School Teachers, Inclusive Schools, Mainstreaming, Partnerships in Education, Program Implementation, Teacher Attitudes, Urban Schools
Laboratory for Student Success, 1301 Cecil B. Moore Ave., Philadelphia, PA 19122-6901. Tel: 800-892-5550 (Toll Free).
Publication Type: Information Analyses
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Educational Research and Improvement (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Mid-Atlantic Lab. for Student Success, Philadelphia, PA.
Identifiers - Location: District of Columbia