ERIC Number: ED464971
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2001-Apr
Reference Count: N/A
A Brief for Practitioners on Turning Around Low-Performing Schools: Implications at the School, District, and State Levels.
Housman, Naomi G.; Martinez, Monica R.
In 2000, the U.S. Department of Education and the Consortium for Policy Research in Education invited a range of people involved in schoolwide improvement to the Regional Forum on Turning Around Low-Performing Schools. Participants examined the responsibilities of federal, state, and local entities to do what is needed for students in high poverty communities to reach levels of academic excellence. This brief captures highlights of the conversation among participants that directly address the concerns of practitioners working at the local level. It begins by discussing the foundation and themes for engaging in whole school improvement. Participants shared the strategies and lessons learned from their engagement with schoolwide reform, focusing on three themes: the process of change requires sustained commitment and collaboration across community and governance structures; the transformational process of turning around low performing schools requires that leaders and stakeholders acknowledge and proactively address the context and complex set of factors influencing schools and communities; and connections must be built between teachers, administrators, and the community. The themes, taken individually and together as a framework, have implications for how practitioners approach low-performing schools and provide support to making improved teaching and learning a reality. (SM)
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Cultural Context, Educational Change, Educational Improvement, Elementary Secondary Education, High Risk Students, Low Achievement, Poverty, School Community Relationship, Teacher Collaboration
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Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Educational Research and Improvement (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: National Clearinghouse for Comprehensive School Reform, Washington, DC.