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Leadership, 2005
Every month, "Leadership" features articles written in an informal, conversational style that provide practical information for school administrators. This issue of "Leadership" contains the following titles: (1) "A Better Approach to Testing" (Smith, Franklin); (2) "Accelerating Learning: Time to Pick up the…
Descriptors: Evaluation Methods, Leadership, Educational Technology, Academic Standards
Oberman, Ida – Online Submission, 2007
The author of this paper investigates the relevance of Waldorf education for public urban school reform. Based on analysis of survey data from over 500 graduates of private U.S. Waldorf schools, review of documents from the Gates Foundation, and staff-interview and student-achievement data from four public Waldorf-methods schools, she develops…
Descriptors: Teaching Methods, Graduate Surveys, Public Schools, Urban Schools
Oberman, Ida – Springboard Schools, 2005
In the year 1998, California began a massive experiment that focused on testing students and holding teachers and administrators accountable for results. The goal: dramatic, system-wide improvement. Schools' performance began to be measured using California's Academic Performance Index (API). In 2001, with passage of No Child Left Behind (NCLB),…
Descriptors: High Schools, School Effectiveness, Best Practices, Educational Practices
Arbeit, Caren; Canter, Marina; Dabrowski, Amy; Dailey, Don; Oberman, Ida – Springboard Schools, 2007
In the past, educators almost always looked for best practices in classrooms. In fact, when educators say "practice," they are generally talking about teacher practice. Yet 12 years of work at Springboard Schools (and its predecessor, the Bay Area School Reform Collaborative, or BASRC) argues that administrators, as well as teachers,…
Descriptors: Middle School Students, Teaching Methods, Best Practices, Effective Schools Research
Oberman, Ida – 1997
This paper asserts that the century-old educational reform movement known as "Waldorf" is an instance of the tremendous potential that semiotic representation holds for school reform. It proposes that Waldorf's staying power is hidden in the reform's semiotic supports: its symbols, motifs, and rituals. Rather than presenting Waldorf's…
Descriptors: Educational Change, Educational History, Elementary Secondary Education, Semiotics
Oberman, Ida – 1997
At its inception, Waldorf education was not to be a special, "boutique" reform. Nor was it to cater to children of a higher social standing. In fact, Waldorf broke out of the hierarchically tracked education system present in turn-of-the-century Germany. The founding father, Rudolf Steiner, called for a "Volks" pedagogy, a…
Descriptors: Educational History, Educational Innovation, Educational Philosophy, Elementary Secondary Education
McLaughlin, Milbrey W., Ed.; Oberman, Ida, Ed. – 1996
This collection of articles focuses on the practice and policy of staff development in terms of recent developments in teacher learning. Following an introduction by the editors, the book is divided into five parts. Part 1: New Perspectives on Practice contains three chapters: (1) "Reconceptualizing Teaching: Moving toward the Creation of…
Descriptors: Classroom Techniques, Constructivism (Learning), Educational Change, Educational Policy