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ERIC Number: ED465218
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2002-Feb-16
Pages: 19
Abstractor: N/A
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Restoring Confidence in the Middle School: Collaborating To Strengthen the Educational Experience for Students.
Williamson, Ronald; Wirt, Jodi
Early efforts to reform middle-level education were characterized by the adoption of a set of programs, often those espoused by national advocacy groups. Too often such efforts were driven by changes in student population and adopted without broad participation by teachers, parents, and other community members. This paper relates the story of a midwestern district that made a conscious decision to work collaboratively with parents, teachers, and principals to identify concerns about the middle-level program and recommend strategies for its strengthening and refinement. A comprehensive task force was formed to examine the middle-school program, using researchers for this study as external facilitators. The task force was expected to collect data relevant to locally based issues and make decisions based on the data. These and other actions resulted in the refinement of questions that needed to be addressed, the specifying of how task-force work was to be done, and the building and maintenance of trust among members. The task force was thus transformed from a committee into a collaborative, working community. The district's review of its middle-school program continues with a task force that has matured and hopes to sustain community trust and confidence in its middle-school program. (Contains 33 references.) (RT)
Publication Type: Information Analyses; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Language: English
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