Organizing Schools for Improvement: Lessons from Chicago

Organizing Schools for Improvement: Lessons from Chicago

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by Anthony S. Bryk, John Q. Easton, Penny Bender Sebring, Elaine Allensworth
     
 

ISBN-10: 0226078000

ISBN-13: 9780226078007

Pub. Date: 01/15/2010

Publisher: University of Chicago Press

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 of Organizing Schools for Improvement collected a wealth of data on elementary schools in Chicago. Over a seven-year period they

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Overview

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 of Organizing Schools for Improvement collected a wealth of data on elementary schools in Chicago. Over a seven-year period they identified one hundred elementary schools that had substantially improved—and 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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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780226078007
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
Publication date:
01/15/2010
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
328
Sales rank:
371,715
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.70(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments

Prologue: A Tale of Two Schools

Introduction: A Rare Opportunity to Learn about School Improvement

1    Developing Appropriate Outcome Indicators

2    A Framework of Essential Supports

3    Testing the Framework of the Essential Supports

4    Probing Deeper: Organizational Mechanisms

5    Trust, Size, and Stability: Key Enablers

6    The Influences of Community Context

Summary and Conclusions

Appendix A: Socioeconomic Status Factor

Appendix B: A Value-Added Indicator: A School’s Academic

Productivity Profile

Appendix C: Overview of the Fourteen Indicators for the Five Essential Supports

Appendix D: Probability Experiment to Evaluate Results Presented in

Figure 3.3

Appendix E: Interview Questions from the Project on Human Development

in Chicago Neighborhoods

Appendix F: Coefficients from Analyses of Leadership in Chapter 4

Appendix G: Value-Added Replication Results for 1997 through

2005

Appendix H: 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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