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ERIC Number: ED522768
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2008
Pages: 55
Abstractor: ERIC
Recreating Public Schools: Guide to Restructuring Large Schools into Smaller Learning Communities
Haifetz, Daniel
Center for Educational Innovation - Public Education Association
School restructuring is a process of reform that attempts to reconcile idealistic aspirations of educators with the realities of large public schools. While most educators have high expectations for their students, the impersonal structure of public schools is an obstacle to achieving these goals. In order to be effective, teachers must know the students in their school and must be able to identify their students' needs and take actions to meet them. If schools are to be effective, they must have a sense of community, clarity of purpose, and a curriculum that engages students. This guide is intended to give a sense of what restructuring entails. It relies heavily on the experiences of experts who have led the process in their own schools. The process is divided into five phases, which span the course of two to three years, with all succeeding years devoted to assessment and improvement. This is by no means a standardized model, but a collection of practices which any educator may find useful. Appended are: (1) School Questionnaire; and (2) Citations, Additional Resources, Notes. (Contains 9 resources.)
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Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: Department of Education (ED), Office of Innovation and Improvement
Authoring Institution: Center for Educational Innovation - Public Education Association