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ERIC Number: EJ813602
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Oct
Pages: 8
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-0031-7217
The Benwood Plan: A Lesson in Comprehensive Teacher Reform
Silva, Elena
Phi Delta Kappan, v90 n2 p127-134 Oct 2008
Hamilton County, Tennessee, engaged in a multi-year effort to improve teaching in a group of eight central city elementary schools. This reform, known as the Benwood Initiative, was funded with $5 million from the Chattanooga-based Benwood Foundation. Student achievement improved dramatically as a result of this initiative. The Benwood successes were not due to just new recruitment strategies but a host of efforts that enabled existing teachers to improve the quality of their instruction. Using "value-added" teacher effectiveness data, the author shows that existing teachers at the Benwood schools improved steadily. In addition, a multitude of other factors were at play in the Benwood success, including strong district leadership, collaborative union-district relations, and shifts in central office and school staffing roles. (Contains 2 figures and 20 endnotes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Education; Grade 4; Grade 5
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Tennessee