ERIC Number: ED465199
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2000-Nov
Reference Count: N/A
Comprehensive School Reform Demonstration Program: The Third Wave and Its Preliminary Effects. PREL Briefing Paper.
Church, Mary B.
A third wave of school reform, originating in the United States, has arrived in the Pacific region. The first wave, which occurred in the 1980s, resulted in increased teacher salaries, core-subject requirements, and an expanded academic calendar. The second wave led to improved teaching conditions, with greater emphasis on professional development and teacher retention. The third wave, involving the Comprehensive School Reform Demonstration (CSRD) program, is directed at the whole educational system, with special focus on schools with large populations of disadvantage students. This paper discusses the application and evaluation of CSRD in the Pacific region. The program provides startup funds for state-of-the-art education in school communities in the Pacific. It is grounded in educational research through nine core components and model programs, the top 10 of which are described. Practitioners and departments of education are being instructed in empirically based reforms meant to affect entire school curricula and instructional practices. Successful implementation depends upon strong leadership and universal commitment to the reform throughout the school community. CSRD's most positive impact may be to open educators' minds to the vast array of high-quality instructional and curricular practices, encouraging their application. (RT)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Educational Research and Improvement (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Pacific Resources for Education and Learning, Honolulu, HI.