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ERIC Number: EJ757383
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2006-Sep
Pages: 4
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-0036-6439
Creating Sustainable Reform
Brown, Christopher R.; Spangler, David
School Administrator, v63 n8 p18 Sep 2006
During the past several years, school superintendents and educational leaders from around the country have convened at the Pearson Education Instructional Leadership Council to discuss solutions for some of the most pressing issues they confront, especially regarding teaching and learning. Several common change principles have emerged from these discussions that apply to school districts almost universally: (1) Implementation of a comprehensive, districtwide school-change model; (2) Adoption of districtwide, standards-based curricula (especially for K-8 reading and math); (3) Attention to leadership, including placing the principal firmly in the instructional leadership role of the school along with shared leadership building at all levels; (4) Data-driven decision making to inform both classroom instruction and professional development; and (5) Professional development that is ongoing and collaborative for teachers and administrators. Initiatives addressing these principles have been implemented at the K-8 level in five urban school systems: Los Angeles Local District 3; Newark, New Jersey; Whittier City, California; Charlotte-Mecklenburg, North Carolina; and Lawrence, Massachusetts. The superintendents of these districts have tried sustained, systemwide change. This article describes the models for continuous educational improvement and lasting change implemented by these five urban school school systems.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Education
Audience: Administrators
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: California; Massachusetts; New Jersey; North Carolina
Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: Massachusetts Comprehensive Assessment System