ERIC Number: ED473416
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2002
Reference Count: N/A
"We're from the State and We're Here To Help": State-Level Innovations in Support of High School Improvement.
Hamann, Edmund T.; Lane, Brett
This report describes ongoing efforts of the Maine Department of Education to encourage high school improvement through state-level actions. Three intertwined strategies have added value to the individual schools' improvement efforts, including: (1) the drafting of a statewide reform framework called Promising Futures; (2) the creation of a new and unorthodox institutional formation, called the Center for Inquiry in Secondary Education; and (3) the success at substantially adapting the federal Comprehensive School Reform Demonstration (CSRD) program by intertwining it with Promising Futures and restricting it to high schools. The success of these strategies has depended upon their personalized implementation by autonomous, credible, culturally savvy, devoted, and suitably experienced education leaders. Maine's appropriation and customization of federal guidelines allowed it to create a coherent, targeted, and distinct program, thus permitting the state to begin changing one of the most intransigent segments of the public education enterprise, the high school. The attempt at improvement in this state is promising because it is attuned to both local dispositions and contemporary understanding regarding organizational change and improvement. The authors hope that readers will consider the viability of the ideas presented in this report for state education agency action and consequent high school improvement elsewhere. (Contains 46 references.) (RT)
Descriptors: Change Strategies, Demonstration Programs, Educational Improvement, Educational Innovation, High Schools, Program Descriptions, Program Implementation, State Action, State Aid, State Programs
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Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Institute of Education Sciences (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Brown Univ., Providence, RI. Education Alliance for Equity in the Nation's Schools.
Identifiers - Location: Maine