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Improving schools from the bottom up : from effective schools to restructuring : summary volume

Author: United States. Department of Education. Planning and Evaluation Service,
Publisher: Washington, D.C. : U.S. Department of Education, Office of the Under Secretary, Washington, D.C. : For sale by the U.S. Government Printing Office, Superintendent of Documents, 1995. 1995.
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Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Improving schools from the bottom up.
Washington, D.C. : The Office : For sale by the U.S.G.P.O., Supt. of Docs., 1995
(OCoLC)604303908
Online version:
Improving schools from the bottom up.
Washington, D.C. : The Office : For sale by the U.S.G.P.O., Supt. of Docs., 1995
(OCoLC)608575943
Material Type: Government publication, National government publication
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: United States. Department of Education. Planning and Evaluation Service,
ISBN: 0160481023 : 9780160481024
OCLC Number: 32990205
Notes: Shipping list no.: 95-0259-P.
"SRI project HSU-1609."
"Prepared pursuant to contract number LC90035001."
Description: iii, 50 pages : illustrations ; 28 cm
Contents: I. Introduction --
Federal Support for School-Based Reform --
The National Study of Effective Schools and School-Based Reform --
Organization of the Document --
II. Patterns and portraits of reform --
Portraits of Changing Schools --
Incidence of School-Based Reform --
Making Sense of the Variety of School-Based Reforms --
Focus on Instruction --
Professional Culture of the School --
Opportunities for Professional Growth --
Summing Up: Promising School-Based Reform Efforts --
III. How schools and districts create conditions that support school-based reform --
Joint Actions by District and School --
Providing Strong Leadership for School-Based Reform --
Influencing Who Is in the School --
Providing Professional Development Opportunities --
Building School Staff Support for Reform Goals --
Garnering Resources --
Assessing and Sharing Information about School Performance --
Developing Parental and Community Support --
Actions Taken Primarily by the District --
Setting and Waiving Requirements --
Managing Forces and Conditions Outside the School's Control --
Summing Up: The School and District Working Together --
IV. State and Federal support for school-based reform --
Portraits of State Support for School-Based Reform --
What States Are Doing to Support School-Based Reform --
Setting Goals for Student Learning --
Balancing Authority Relationships --
Providing Technical Assistance and Professional Development --
Financing Local Reforms --
Creating Appropriate Accountability Mechanisms --
Summing Up: The Emerging State Role in Supporting Reform --
Federal Support for School-Based Reform --
Federal Mandates as Reasons for Initiating School-Based Reform --
Federal Funds and Support for Reform --
Summing Up: The Evolving Federal Role --
References --
Exhibits --
1. Building on the Effective Schools Model: South Mission High School --
2. Changing a School from the Classroom Out: Cicely Elementary --
3. Slow Going: The Beginning of Change in Petersburg Elementary --
4. Alternative Approaches to Assessment --
5. Flattering the Hierarchy at an Inner-City High School --
6. Teachers as In-House Experts --
7. District or School as Driving Force for Reform --
8. Catalytic and Sustaining Leadership at the School Level --
9. Knowledge of the Change Process --
10. California: Combining Challenging Curriculum and School Autonomy in Pursuit of Reform --
11. Washington: Promoting Local Ownership of the Reform Process --
Figures --
1. National Incidence of School-Based Reform, by District Size --
2. Incidence of School-Based Reform According to Specific Criteria, by District Size --
3. First Year of School-Based Reform Efforts --
4. Extent to Which Reform Strategies Focus on Curriculum and Instruction --
5. Areas in Which Districts Grant Increased Authority to Schools --
6. Relative Responsibility of State, District, and School Staff in Initiating and Coordinating School-Based Reform --
7. Authority Granted to Schools over Staff Assignment and Hiring, by District Size --
8. District Waivers for Schools Engaged in Reforms, by District Size --
9. Types of Waivers Granted Schools Engaged in Reform, by District Size --
10. Sources of Funding for School-Based Reform --
11. Reasons for Initiating State Support for School-Based Reform.
Responsibility: prepared by Patrick M. Shields [and others] ; prepared for U.S. Department of Education, Office of the Under Secretary, Planning and Evaluation Service.

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