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ERIC Number: ED532054
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2007
Pages: 68
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 14
Balancing Act: Best Practices in the Middle Grades. A Report from the California Best Practices Study
Arbeit, Caren; Canter, Marina; Dabrowski, Amy; Dailey, Don; Oberman, Ida
Springboard Schools
In the past, educators almost always looked for best practices in classrooms. In fact, when educators say "practice," they are generally talking about teacher practice. Yet 12 years of work at Springboard Schools (and its predecessor, the Bay Area School Reform Collaborative, or BASRC) argues that administrators, as well as teachers, need to worry about best practices. Equally important are organizational best practices for both schools and school districts. These kinds of best practices are crucial parts of creating school systems in which good teaching is the norm for every student in every classroom. Building on this initial study, which focused on schools in the Springboard Schools (then BASRC) network, the authors have spent three years conducting a statewide study whose goal was to identify the practices behind higher-than expected results. This report summarizes findings from schools serving middle grades students. Appended are: (1) Site Selection and Performance Data; (2) Artifacts from Case Study Schools; and (3) References. (Contains 4 figures, 3 tables and 19 footnotes.) [This report was supported by the Delantoni Trust at the San Francisco Foundation.]
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Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: Middle Schools
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: William and Flora Hewlett Foundation; Annenberg Foundation
Authoring Institution: Springboard Schools
Identifiers - Location: California