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ERIC Number: ED507797
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2009
Pages: 141
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
School Restructuring: What Works When? A Guide for Education Leaders
Hassel, Emily Ayscue; Hassel, Bryan C.; Arkin, Matthew D.; Kowal, Julie M.; Steiner, Lucy M.
Center for Comprehensive School Reform and Improvement
Studies of high-performing schools, where all students learn more than similar students in other schools, show common design elements. These elements are comprehensive, affecting the whole school, and include: (1) Clear mission guiding daily activities; (2) High, unyielding expectations that all students will learn; (3) Frequent monitoring of student progress; (4) Responsive approaches for struggling students; (5) Current, researched-based instructional techniques; (6) Uninterrupted and adequate time on core subjects; (7) Safe and orderly environment; (8) Strong home-school connection; and (9) Strong leadership and management practice. In chronically struggling schools--schools where most students or very large subgroups of students are failing--many of these elements typically are missing. In many cases, it is not a matter of not knowing about them, but rather one of not implementing them. The purpose of this guide is to help chronically struggling schools restructure. Restructuring means making major, rapid changes that affect how a school is led and how instruction is delivered. The guide translates research into practical decision-making tools that include process steps. It also offers a realistic consideration of strengths and constraints in a wide variety of school districts. The guide may be used by any district or state choosing change strategies for schools where large, swift improvement is needed to meet students' academic needs. It also may be used by districts considering school restructuring to meet the requirements of No Child Left Behind (NCLB). Education Leaders' Summary is appended. (Individual chapters contain references and list resources.) [Dana Brinson authored the successful restructuring vignettes. Other Public Impact contributors included: Jacob Rosch, Lauren Morando Rhim, and Amy Way. Warger, Eavy and Associates produced this guide.]
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Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Adult Education; Elementary Secondary Education
Audience: Administrators
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: Center for Comprehensive School Reform and Improvement
Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: No Child Left Behind Act 2001