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ERIC Number: EJ771099
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007-Jul
Pages: 14
Abstractor: ERIC
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ISSN: ISSN-0192-592X
Systemic School Reform: A Guiding Hand
Wolf, Mary Ann
T.H.E. Journal, v34 n7 p12-25 Jul 2007
In a school bent on systemic reform, teachers, students, and leaders rally around what is needed to improve student learning, understand the pervasiveness of their efforts, and support educators however possible. In recent years, many schools that demonstrate improvement in student learning have used technology as integral to their transformation, including high-quality resources and curricula that address various learning styles and standards; instructional management systems that allow teachers to personalize instruction and connect students to the right resources; and effective professional development that helps teachers use technology to change how they teach core subject areas. While it is obvious that having technology tools and using data--and receiving training on how to do both--are imperative to improving student achievement, underlying all systemic reform is a set of leaders establishing a clear vision and investment in the people who will lead the reform. This article discusses the need for leaders with vision, who understand how every step of their efforts fits together to support teachers and benefit students. When a leader has a vision and instills ownership, teachers respond with enthusiasm, imagination, and dedication. Genuine leaders see beyond school dress codes and technical barriers that may cause bumps in the road and look toward the future. Provided with tools and resources and professional development, teachers can embrace change and learn how to engage different learning styles and individualize instruction.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: No Child Left Behind Act 2001