Organizing Schools for Improvement Lessons from Chicago
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Description: 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.
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All the information you need in one place! Each Study Brief is a summary of one specific subject; facts, figures, and explanations to help you learn faster.
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Copyright year: 2009
Publisher: University of Chicago Press
Publication date: 1/14/2010
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 0.75" tall
He is a Professor of Education at the University of Chicago and Director of its Center for School Improvement.
|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|