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ERIC Number: EJ806314
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Jun
Pages: 4
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-1529-8957
A Change of Direction
Rourke, James; Hartzman, Marlene
Principal Leadership, v8 n10 p8-11 Jun 2008
School improvement demands focus. Staff members at James Cashman Middle School in Las Vegas, Nevada, believe that student achievement comes from challenging every student and ensuring that no student is overlooked. Adopting this belief could not have come at a better time for the school. Cashman's students were struggling. The school was in the third year of school improvement, about to be taken over by the state. Teachers had been trained in myriad improvement programs, yet progress was excruciatingly slow. The opening of a neighboring school coupled with a boundary change became the impetus for Cashman staff members to thoroughly examine what they were and were not doing. A new administrative team arrived in January 2007 and began to use the structure of "Breaking Ranks in the Middle (BRIM)" to analyze the status quo and plan for a culture change. In this article, the author discusses how Cashman relied on data analysis and shared leadership to improve student achievement.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Middle Schools
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Nevada