ERIC Number: ED498779
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2006-Apr
Reference Count: N/A
Transforming Teaching and Learning in Mobile: Understanding Reform in MCPSS Five Transformation Schools
Center for Teaching Quality
In August 2004, Mobile County Public School System (MCPSS) in Alabama launched a bold new effort to transform its lowest achieving schools. The changes at George Hall Elementary testify to how the commitment of a district to aggressively address issues of systemic educational inequity can turn schools around. This report tells the story of the Mobile County Public Schools Transformation Plan--what was proposed, how it was implemented, results and lessons learned, and recommendations to continue building on the success of this effort. Specifically, this report was written to assist the Mobile County Public School System in documenting and learning from its efforts to transform five schools with a history of low performance in the district. The Center for Teaching Quality worked with the Mobile Area Education Foundation, MCPSS and consultant Dr. Cheryl Wilhoyte to document the implementation of the Mobile Transformation Plan during the initial 2004-2005 school year and its impact on teachers and teaching quality. Interviews with teachers and principals at each of the five schools, central office administrators, and school board members revealed three major findings: (1) A Dedicated Faculty is Central to Success; (2) A Plan Matters, but Follow-Through Matters Most; and (3) Transforming Schools Takes a Village. While the findings of this study reveal a number of promising developments, they also suggest that certain strategic changes should be made to enable the transformation schools to achieve their goals. This report recommends that these schools stay the course, refine the plan, and proceed with care on plan expansion. [This report was produced by the Center for Teaching Quality, formerly known as the Southeast Center for Teaching Quality. It was written with Eric Hirsch, Diana Montgomery, Hadiyah Muhammad, and Mary Raschko.]
Descriptors: Public Schools, Teacher Effectiveness, Academic Achievement, Educational Change, Counties, Boards of Education, Central Office Administrators, Elementary Schools, Low Achievement, Interviews, Teacher Attitudes, Administrator Attitudes, Strategic Planning
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Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Elementary Education
Sponsor: Public Education Network, Washington, DC.; Goldman Sachs Foundation.
Authoring Institution: Southeast Center for Teaching Quality, Chapel Hill, NC.
Identifiers - Location: Alabama