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Organizing Schools for Improvement Lessons from Chicago

ISBN-10: 0226078000
ISBN-13: 9780226078007
Edition: 2009
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Book details

List price: $30.00
Copyright year: 2009
Publisher: University of Chicago Press
Publication date: 1/14/2010
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 328
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 1.210
Language: English

In 1988, the Chicago public school system decentralized, granting parents and communities significant resources and authority to reform their schools in dramatic ways. To track the effects of this bold experiment, the authors ofOrganizing Schools for Improvementcollected a wealth of data on elementary schools in Chicago. Over a seven-year period they identified one hundred elementary schools that had substantially improvedand one hundred that had not. What did the successful schools do to accelerate student learning? The authors of this illuminating book identify a comprehensive set of practices and conditions that were key factors for improvement, including school leadership, the professional capacity of the faculty and staff, and a student-centered learning climate. In addition, they analyze the impact of social dynamics, including crime, critically examining the inextricable link between schools and their communities. Putting their data onto a more human scale, they also chronicle the stories of two neighboring schools with very different trajectories. The lessons gleaned from this groundbreaking study will be invaluable for anyone involved with urban education.

He is a Professor of Education at the University of Chicago and Director of its Center for School Improvement.

Acknowledgments
Prologue: A Tale of Two Schools
Introduction: A Rare Opportunity to Learn about School Improvement
Developing appropriate outcome indicators
A framework of essential supports
Testing the framework of the essential supports
Probing deeper: organizational mechanisms
Trust, size, and stability: key enablers
The influences of community context
Summary and Conclusions
Socioeconomic Status Factor
A Value-Added Indicator: A School's Academic Productivity Profile
Overview of the Fourteen Indicators for the Five Essential Supports
Probability Experiment to Evaluate Results Presented in Figure 3.3
Interview Questions from the Project on Human Development in Chicago Neighborhoods
Coefficients from Analyses of Leadership in Chapter 4
Value-Added Replication Results for 1997 through 2005
Efforts of the Consortium on Chicago School Research to Build More Productive Ties between Research, Practice, and Policy to Improve Practice
Notes
References
Index

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