Continuing Challenges and Potential for Collaborative Approaches to Education Reform

Author: Susan J. Bodilly
Publisher: Rand Corporation
ISBN: 0833051644
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The Ford Foundation began the Collaborating for Education Reform Initiative (CERI) in 1997-1998 by issuing grants and providing grantees with funds, guidance, and technical assistance to develop collaboratives and carry out activities to improve teaching and learning. CERI's collaborative activities were directed at three possible community groups: the district, a feeder pattern or cluster of schools in a district, and the larger community, such as parents and voters. After restructuring, the foundation ceased giving technical assistance and laid down a new set of goals for grantees: Develop interorganizational linkages to become a well-functioning collaborative and achieve financial independence; develop and implement plans for improving the quality of teaching and learning; develop and implement plans for systemic changes in policy to support improved teaching and learning; and develop a unique voice for underserved communities to air concerns about educational services. RAND Corporation researchers assessed (1) whether grantees showed progress toward the desired outcomes, (2) what lessons came out of the grantees' experiences, and (3) whether the foundation created financially sustainable collaboratives to promote education improvement. The researchers found that the restructured effort yielded functioning collaboratives with varying abilities to meet their goals and that those abilities were influenced by such factors as strong leadership and a positive funding environment. They also found that collaboratives can grow out of deliberate foundation efforts, though the process is not straightforward and their financial sustainability in a bad economy is uncertain.

Continuing Challenges and Potential for Collaborative Approaches to Education Reform

Author: Thomas Dillon
Publisher: Createspace Independent Publishing Platform
ISBN: 9781548754051
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The Ford Foundation's Collaborating for Education Reform Initiative (CERI) provided grantees with funds, guidance, and technical assistance to develop collaboratives and carry out activities to improve teaching and learning. A second effort, CERI 2, laid down a new set of goals for grantees. RAND Corporation researchers evaluated the initiative.

Continuing Challenges and Potential for Collaborative Approaches to Education Re

Author: Samatho kally
Publisher: Createspace Independent Publishing Platform
ISBN: 9781981870660
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The Ford Foundation's Collaborating for Education Reform Initiative (CERI) provided grantees with funds, guidance, and technical assistance to develop collaboratives and carry out activities to improve teaching and learning. A second effort, CERI 2, laid down a new set of goals for grantees. RAND Corporation researchers evaluated the initiative.

Challenges and Potential of a Collaborative Approach to Education Reform

Author: Susan J. Bodilly
Publisher: Rand Corporation
ISBN: 083304060X
Format: PDF
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The Ford Foundation developed the Collaborating for Education Reform Initiative, providing grants to collaboratives in urban settings to improve the quality of teaching. Eight sites signed on, and the RAND Corporation assessed their progress. The authors found that, while none had met final goals, the collaboratives had varying degrees of success and some offered promise. By adopting such techniques as clear communication of expectations and involvement of school staff, collaboratives stand a better chance of success.

Teachers Leading Educational Reform

Author: Alma Harris
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 1317247884
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Teachers Leading Educational Reform explores the ways in which teachers across the world are currently working together in professional learning communities (PLCs) to generate meaningful change and innovation in order to transform pedagogy and practice. By discussing how teachers can work collectively and collaboratively on the issues of learning and teaching that matter to them, it argues that through collective action and collaborative agency, teachers are leading educational reform. By offering contemporary examples and perspectives on the practice, impact and sustainability of PLCs, this book takes a global, comparative view showing categorically that those educational systems that are performing well, and seek to perform well, are using PLCs as the infrastructure to support teacher-led improvement. Split into three sections that look at the macro, meso and micro aspects of how far professional collaboration is building the capacity and capability for school and system improvement, this text asks the questions: Is the PLC work authentic? Is the PLC work being implemented at a superficial or deep level? Is there evidence of a positive impact on students/teachers at the school/district/system level? Is provision in place for sustaining the PLC work? Teachers Leading Educational Reform illustrates how focused and purposeful professional collaboration is contributing to change and reform across the globe. It reinforces why teachers must be at the heart of the school reform processes as the drivers and architects of school transformation and change.

Democratic Dilemmas

Author: Julie A. Marsh
Publisher: SUNY Press
ISBN: 0791479935
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Explores how to engage citizens in the process of educational improvement.

Health Professions Education

Author: Institute of Medicine
Publisher: National Academies Press
ISBN: 9780309133197
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The Institute of Medicine study Crossing the Quality Chasm (2001) recommended that an interdisciplinary summit be held to further reform of health professions education in order to enhance quality and patient safety. Health Professions Education: A Bridge to Quality is the follow up to that summit, held in June 2002, where 150 participants across disciplines and occupations developed ideas about how to integrate a core set of competencies into health professions education. These core competencies include patient-centered care, interdisciplinary teams, evidence-based practice, quality improvement, and informatics. This book recommends a mix of approaches to health education improvement, including those related to oversight processes, the training environment, research, public reporting, and leadership. Educators, administrators, and health professionals can use this book to help achieve an approach to education that better prepares clinicians to meet both the needs of patients and the requirements of a changing health care system.

School District Leadership Matters

Author: Bruce Sheppard
Publisher: Springer Science & Business Media
ISBN: 1402097476
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School District Leadership Matters challenges policy makers, administrators, and academics in the field of educational leadership to reassess their traditional approaches to learning, working, and planning. The authors believe that government restructuring, standards-based reforms, and centrally imposed strategic planning have been painfully ineffective. As a consequence, student learning has become increasingly superficial and inauthentic. This book bridges the traditional divide between the generalizations of social science theory on the one hand and the world of educational practice on the other. It argues that a more promising approach to education reform is through effective school district leadership. Sheppard, Brown and Dibbon draw on their collective experience both as educational leaders and researchers of leadership, having spent five years researching and working in one school district. Here, they show how a district superintendent can successfully navigate the paradoxes and challenges of facilitating collaborative leadership in a school district with a traditionally hierarchical organizational structure. As a conclusion to their work, the authors highlight what they call five ‘recognitions’ that deepen readers’ understanding of school district leadership. They illuminate, too, ways that senior level practitioners can apply theory to practice in order to break down the traditional hierarchical bureaucracies that inhibit learning, and create professional learning communities. School District Leadership Matters urges researchers, graduate students, practitioners, and policymakers to focus on improving authentic learning for all students and argues that the best hope rests with effective school district leadership. This empirically-based yet practical book provides new insights and questions for academic researchers and will inspire policy makers and practitioners to imagine what could be and to work towards it.

Education Reform and Social Change

Author: Catherine E. Walsh
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 1136493387
Format: PDF
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Education Reform and Social Change is about addressing and changing the structures, policies, and practices of schools that differentially advantage white, middle class, native English speakers over students of color for whom English may be a second or additional language. It is also about helping people to think critically about what it is schools do and to consider more democratic, participatory, and equitable approaches. The chapters in the text provide first-hand documentation of the voices, struggles, and visions of students, parent activists, advocates, attorneys, and educators involved in educational and social change processes. It chronicles real-life efforts of people challenging the status quo and working to build a more participatory, equitable, and transformative future. The goal of this book is twofold: first, to consider the structures, policies, and practices that shape and limit educational change, and learning and teaching; and second, to document grassroots collaborative and creative efforts to change them. It offers a critical framework both for conceptualizing and for actualizing educational change. Organized into four sections, this book provides a theoretical and practical framework for thinking about educational reform and social change -- one that moves from the broader structural concerns that are embedded in policy, to case studies that document activism and collaborative efforts to change school, city, and state policies, to classroom-based directions and initiatives, and to the construction of personal and collective visions for a more democratic, equitable, and just education. Each section includes an overview of the chapters, necessary background information to help the reader contextualize what follows, and guiding questions to encourage reflective thought and engagement with the text and to invite personal linkages. Two resource sections are included at the end of the volume: "Radical Educational Reform, Critical Pedagogy, and Multicultural Education: Selected Readings and Resources" and "National Organization Networks and Resources with a Critical Perspective."