Dynamic Instructional Leadership to Support Student Learning and Development: The Field Guide to Comer Schools in Action

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Overview

With its comprehensive framework, this guide offers instruction that will help all children grow and develop along the pathways that support success both in school and in life.

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Editorial Reviews

Review of Educational Research
Meets “the highest standard of evidence” for comprehensive school reforms that improve student achievement.
John I. Goodlad
"This Field Guide to Comer Schools in Action provides exactly what its title offers: guidelines to curricula, instruction, and educational development necessary to implementing the Comer process. . . . This handbook will help enormously to keep alive what James Comer and his colleagues have so carefully crafted over the years."
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781412905121
  • Publisher: SAGE Publications
  • Publication date: 5/1/2004
  • Series: Comer Schools in Action Series
  • Pages: 288
  • Product dimensions: 8.50 (w) x 11.10 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Edward T. Joyner, Ed.D., is the Executive Director of the Yale School Development Program. He served as the SDP's first director of training, was the original designer of the SDP Leadership Development Academies, and initiated university-public school partnerships to strengthen local school reform efforts. He is the architect of the SDP's systemic initiative to coordinate the work of the school board, central office, building staff, and the larger school community to create an optimal environment for teaching and learning throughout each school district. He currently oversees all of the operations of the Yale School Development Program and serves as the lead implementation coordinator for New York.

Michael Ben-Avie directs the Impact Analysis and Strategies Group, which studies corporate, nonprofit, and government partnerships that promote youth development and student learning. He conducts national studies designed to evaluate the effectiveness of mentoring programs and psychological interventions on children's lifepaths. He has co-edited books about the Yale School Development Program with James P. Comer and colleagues, and has published numerous book chapters, journal articles, and reports on educational change initiatives, high schools, parent involvement, and the relationship between youth development and student learning.

James P. Comer, M.D., is the founder and chairman of the Yale School Development Program, Maurice Falk Professor of Child Psychiatry at the Yale Child Study Center, and Associate Dean of the Yale University School of Medicine. He has been the recipient of the Grawemeyer Award in Education, the John and Mary Markle Scholar in Academic Medicine Award, the Rockefeller Public Service Award, the Harold W. McGraw, Jr., Prize in Education, the Charles A. Dana Award for Pioneering Achievement in Education, the Heinz Award for Service to Humanity, and many other awards and honors, including 41 honorary degrees.

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Table of Contents

Foreword
Preface
1 The Comer process : tried, tested, and true 1
2 Essential understandings of the Yale School Development Program 9
3 Systemic reform : the school development program's answer to fragmentation 19
4 Systemic reform : we started with one school 29
5 Curriculum structure and teacher planning : balance, alignment, and student assessment in the standards-based curriculum 39
6 Comer-in-the-classroom : linking the essential elements of the Comer process to classroom practices 59
7 A demonstration of Comer-in-the-classroom 83
8 Mobilizing schools for instructional excellence : instructional leadership is a system responsibility 93
9 Maintaining student momentum through instructional leadership : "and we will do it again" 107
10 "And this is how we will do it" : Comer youth voice their opinions about the Comer process 119
11 Performance management : the principal's first priority 131
12 Teachers helping teachers : a process that honors and supports teacher development 157
13 Turning nonreaders into readers through essentials of literacy 177
14 Student learning in math and science : youth development matters 189
15 Guidelines for university-school collaborations : a report of experience 193
16 Implementation of systemic reform : step by step from vision to reality 207
17 Assessing systemic reform : how do you know that the Comer process is making a difference in your school or district? 215
18 The best education for all our children 243
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