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ERIC Number: ED477188
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2002-Oct
Pages: 66
Abstractor: N/A
Making Good Choices: A Guide for Schools and Districts. Revised Edition. [with CD-ROM].
Ferguson, Maria
This guide was designed to help schools develop effective programs in comprehensive school reform (CSR). It emphasizes that a school's CSR approach should be based on its needs, keeping in mind that one model may not provide every aspect of a school's comprehensive reform effort. Even so, a CSR model that meets the U.S. Department of Education's 11 criteria--especially a model with a proved track record--can serve as a focal point to help organize all the steps and processes required for CSR. This document provides an array of comprehensive designs from which to choose, all of which meet the 11 criteria. The models range from nationally recognized designs to smaller models that were developed by a local entity or university. The guide outlines four basic steps in the decision-making process about CSR: decide on who will be involved and a timeline; evaluate the current situation; create a profile of an ideal CSR approach; and conduct research on a variety of CSR models to make a good decision on a program. The guide also discusses CSR funding grants. A set of appendices provides a self-evaluation tool, a summary of self-evaluations, a profiling tool, a research grid, a list of resources, and a list of research questions. Included with this booklet is an interactive CD-ROM that presents all the tools in the appendices. The CD-ROM--usable in both Windows and Macintosh platforms--provides assistance to schools and districts in conducting self-evaluation, profiling a comprehensive reform approach, and making a final decision. (RJM)
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Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom; Non-Print Media
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: Office of Educational Research and Improvement (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: North Central Regional Educational Lab., Naperville, IL.
Note: Originally written by Bryan Hassel. For previous edition, see ED 440 441. CD-ROM not available from ERIC.