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The demand for reform and improved schools are two constant issues in American education. Despite periodic reform efforts, most schools have resisted systemic reform. The Effective Schools Movement was a reaction to assertions in the 1960s that schools had little influence on a child's education. Effective Schools involve all relevant stakeholders in striving for continuous educational improvement. Systemic reform, organizational theory and development, outcomes-based assessment, and participatory management are all characteristics of Effective Schools. Effective Schools training can also provide teachers and administrators with the skills to create change. The Effective Schools process involves several steps; each of which is described in this paper. They are: explore the research and the process, secure district commitment and resources, form improvement teams and develop team skills, affirm the mission and belief system, gather and analyze data on school characteristics and student outcomes, develop school and student status reports, identify improvement objectives, select strategies and develop a plan, examine curriculum and instruction strategies, implement plan and monitor results, and refine and renew efforts. The Effective Schools process provides a framework for ongoing school change. (Contains 77 references.) (JPT)

Descriptors: Educational Change, Educational Development, Educational Improvement, Educational Planning, Elementary Secondary Education, Public Schools, School Based Management, School Restructuring, Student Educational Objectives, Total Quality Management

Author: Rossmiller, Richard A.; Holcomb, Edie L.


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