ERIC Number: ED482282
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2003-Aug
Reference Count: N/A
Chicago High School Redesign Initiative: A Snapshot of the First Year of Implementation.
Sporte, Susan E.; Correa, Macarena; Kahne, Joe; Easton, John Q.
In fall 2002, three large traditional high schools in Chicago, Illinois, started a conversion process that opened five new small schools. In partnership with Mills College, the Consortium on Chicago School Research designed a short-term, interview-based study to provide a snapshot of these new small schools in their first year of planning and implementation. Principals or directors were interviewed at the five small schools, and principals were interviewed in the three host schools. Three program staff members and 50% of the teachers were interviewed, and focus groups were held with groups of 5 to 10 students. Question and answer sessions were held with parents at two small schools. Findings show that the level of student-teacher personalism increased, and teacher professional community was strengthened in at least four of the small schools. Small school staff members reported that the focus on instruction was limited in year one, and participants reported implementation challenges. The current and future relationships between small schools and the host school were not clearly defined, but overall there was a sense of optimism and commitment for the next year. (SLD)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Consortium on Chicago School Research, IL.