ERIC Number: ED482362
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2003
Supporting School Improvement: Lessons from Districts Successfully Meeting the Challenge.
Cawelti, Gordon; Protheroe, Nancy
This report synthesizes the findings of four studies that focused on school districts as the center of focus for school-improvement efforts. The studies did not examine school systems that had been high performing for a long time; rather, they took their data from districts serving high percentages of students who typically struggle but were improving. A chapter is devoted to a summary of each of the four studies. Each study differed in scope and methodology, but the results identified some elements common to most of the improvement efforts: (1) State accountability programs drove the change efforts; (2) superintendents accepted the role of leaders of reform; (3) change efforts took a systems approach; (4) there was an emphasis on curriculum and instruction; (5) resources were shifted to support improvement efforts; (6) principals and teachers were held accountable for student improvement; (7) research data were used to inform decisions; (8) more time was allotted for teacher and staff collaboration; (9) professional development of staff was used to support instructional improvement; and (10) the central office provided support for school-based efforts. Although intentionally research based, the report is intended to act as a guide to action. (Contains 29 references.) (WFA)
Descriptors: Administrator Responsibility, Administrator Role, Board of Education Role, Case Studies, Change Strategies, Educational Change, Educational Improvement, Educational Research, Elementary Secondary Education, Instructional Improvement, Instructional Leadership, Organizational Change, Research Utilization, School Districts, Teacher Collaboration, Teacher Responsibility
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Publication Type: Books; Guides - Non-Classroom; Information Analyses
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Administrators; Practitioners; Teachers
Authoring Institution: Educational Research Service, Arlington, VA.