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ERIC Number: ED564482
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2014-Apr
Pages: 40
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 87
The Internal Coherence Assessment Protocol & Developmental Framework: Building the Organizational Capacity for Instructional Improvement in Schools. Research Paper
Elmore, Richard F.; Forman, Michelle L.; Stosich, Elizabeth L.; Bocala, Candice
Strategic Education Research Partnership
Purpose: In this paper we describe the Internal Coherence (IC) model of assessment and professional development, a set of clinical tools and practices designed to help practitioners foster the organizational conditions required for whole-school instructional improvement. Proposed Conceptual Argument: We argue that the data captured by the IC assessment protocol (ICAP) and the attendant supports for schools and systems help bridge the gap between performance indicators provided by external accountability systems and guidance on concrete steps for improving teaching and learning in individual schools. The IC framework interweaves previously disparate lines of research, including leadership, organizational learning, and social cognitive theory, into a developmental framework for understanding how schools improve. Implications: We posit that bringing these conceptual foundations together allows us to construct a pathway for school and district leaders that can guide them in the creation of structures and conditions for continuous adult learning and build educators' collective confidence in their pursuit of improvements to the instructional core. Internal Coherence Survey Domains and Factors is appended.
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Publication Type: Reports - Research-practitioner Partnerships; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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Authoring Institution: Strategic Education Research Partnership (SERP)