ERIC Number: ED463360
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2001-Jan
Reference Count: N/A
Promising Practices: How High-Performing Schools in Texas Get Results.
Just for the Kids, Austin, TX.
This booklet summarizes findings from Just for the Kids' recent examination of promising practices in Texas Schools. It focuses on those schools that served disadvantaged students yet had high performance over 3 years. The key focus of Just for the Kids is on the students. Schools break down the goals of school reform into manageable chunks, constantly reviewing individual data and examining what can be done for each child. Issues of teacher and teaching quality are critical, and the schools are very grounded in research-based instructional practices. Five strategies common to all of the high-performing schools are: take initiative, make no excuses, and strive for success; develop and execute a clear strategy for improvement; continuously assess progress and intervene immediately when students or teachers are struggling; make high-quality teaching and research-based instructional practice the top priority; and collaborate both inside and outside the schools. Descriptions of sample elementary schools are included. (SM)
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Disadvantaged Youth, Educational Improvement, Educational Quality, Elementary Secondary Education, Minority Group Children, Public Schools, Teacher Collaboration, Teacher Competencies
Just for the Kids, 301 Congress, Suite 575, Austin, TX 78701-4041. Tel: 800-762-4645 (Toll-Free); Fax: 512-320-4140; e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org. For full text: http://www.just4kids.org.
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Education Commission of the States, Denver, CO.; Meadows Foundation, Dallas, TX.
Authoring Institution: Just for the Kids, Austin, TX.
Identifiers - Location: Texas