ERIC Number: ED483820
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2004-Mar
Working for School Improvement: Reflections of Chicago Annenberg External Partners. Report of the Chicago Annenberg Research Project. Improving Chicago's Schools.
Sconzert, Karin; Smylie, Mark A.; Wenzel, Stacy A.
Consortium on Chicago School Research
This report presents the thoughts and observations, the collective wisdom, of Annenberg external partners about a wide range of topics. The report looks back on the work of the partners between 1995 and 2001, to what they said they learned about the challenges of working with schools, the keys to successful school improvement and the causes of failure, and the support they needed but did not always get to do their work well. This report also looks forward, presenting Annenberg partners' views about the future of external partners as agents of local school change. The next section of the report begins by introducing Annenberg's external partners and their work. It then describes the various contexts in which the partners worked--the Chicago Annenberg Challenge as the organization that sponsored and supported them; the policies and practices associated with Chicago school reform; and the individual schools partners were to help improve. These descriptions of the Annenberg partners and the contexts of their work, drawn primarily from other reports of the research project, frame the voices of the partners in subsequent sections. Sections in the document include: (1) Meet the Partners; (2) The Contexts of Partners' Work; (3) Lessons on Promoting School Improvement with External Partners; (4) What Partners Need to Do Their Work Well; (5) On the Future of External Partners as Agents of School Improvement; and (6) Summary and Concluding Remarks. (Contains 39 endnotes.)
Descriptors: Educational Improvement, Educational Research, Research Projects, Educational Change, Change Agents, Program Descriptions, Futures (of Society), Grants, Cooperation, School Business Relationship
Consortium on Chicago School Research, 1313 East 60th Street, Chicago, IL 60637. Tel: 773-702-3364.
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Consortium on Chicago School Research, IL.