ERIC Number: ED477507
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2003-Apr-22
A School Restructuring Model: A Tool Kit for Building Teacher Leadership.
Davidson, Betty M.; Dell, Geralyn L.
This study investigated how the Accelerated Schools Project (ASP) school restructuring model fostered the capacity for teachers to become leaders, noting improvements that happened as a result of teachers becoming leaders. Data came from three rural ASP schools attended by low socioeconomic status PreK-6 students. Interviews with teachers and the principal from each school examined teachers' roles prior to implementation of the ASP and tools the process provided that enabled them to develop leadership skills. Information on student improvement from standardized test scores, student attendance rates, and school performance score were used to compare overall achievement during 1999-00 and 2001-02. Three themes emerged: four embedded leadership components (the ASP training exposing teachers to ASP principles and values, utilization of the inquiry process, expectations for the role of the coach, and cadre membership); action plans developed and implemented by cadres to improve student learning; and improvement of scores on state and national standardized tests and attainment of the growth target on the state's school accountability report card. These tools were the building blocks for creating teacher leadership within the schools. This leadership formed the foundation for transforming classroom teaching. Teachers were considered a major part in making decisions, researching, inquiring, mentoring, developing curriculum, and facilitating professional development. (Contains 24 references.) (SM)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (Chicago, IL, April 21-25, 2003).