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Title:A reflection in practice: School improvement. A superintendent's perspective: The Joliet story
Author(s):Coleman, Louise E.
Doctoral Committee Chair(s):Thurston, Paul W.
Department / Program:Education
Degree Granting Institution:University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Subject(s):Education, Administration
Education, Elementary
Abstract:In response to A Nation at Risk: The Imperative for Educational Reform (National Commission on Excellence in Education, 1983; hereinafter NCEE), the effective schools research by Weber (1971), Edmonds (1979), Brookover (1979), and Lezotte (1979), and more recently, A Nation Prepared: Teachers for the 21st Century (Carnegie Forum of Education & the Economy's Task Force on Teaching as a Profession, 1986; hereinafter referred to as the Carnegie Forum), many school districts intensified their efforts to reform schools.
With the increasing demand for the improvement of education on the one hand and many suggestions for bringing it about on the other, administrators involved in the change process had to decide what changes should be made and how such changes should occur. The recommendations from NCEE (1983) were based on curricula changes to raise standards for schools, students, and for more accountability. The Carnegie Forum (1986) placed emphasis on an overhauling of the teaching profession. One of the major recommendations from the effective schools research and A Nation Prepared was to develop a collegial participatory environment for school-based decisions. This process focuses on having teachers become involved in making decisions in areas that have been solely under the jurisdiction of the principal and central staff (Casner & Lotto, 1988).
This study describes and analyzes how long-range school improvement was implemented in Joliet Public Schools District 86, based on the effective schools research, in an effort to reform its schools. This project also describes in narrative form the changes that have occurred over the past five years from my perspective as a superintendent to share and reflect on past experiences utilized to phase in 21 school buildings, 17 elementary, and 4 junior highs, over a three-year period as well as provide observations of current conditions for future directions for principals and teachers to continue the school improvement process.
Issue Date:1994
Rights Information:Copyright 1994 Coleman, Louise E.
Date Available in IDEALS:2011-05-07
Identifier in Online Catalog:AAI9503167
OCLC Identifier:(UMI)AAI9503167

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