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This folio series is designed to be used by school leaders--particularly superintendents and principals--involved in the process of comprehensive school reform. The folios can be used to initiate discussion, guide planning, or organize review sessions. The suggestions are intended to help the reader explore possibilities when designing a new reform initiative. The information will also assist in rethinking or reviewing reform efforts already under way. The folio is organized around eight issues that are essential elements of any successful program: research-based innovation, professional development, staff support, family and community involvement, external support and assistance, comprehensive design, resource allocation, and evaluation. Educators will find guidance about thinking comprehensively and ensuring that the intervention envisioned is based on sufficient, high-quality research findings. Suggestions are also provided for engaging the support of teachers and staff, involving family and community members in the life of the school, and using outside consultants, assistance providers, and other sources of external technical support. Tips for creating worthwhile professional development activities, aligning resources to better support program design and implementation, and evaluating progress toward goals and benchmarks are also provided. (Contains 56 references.) (DFR)

Descriptors: Educational Change, Elementary Secondary Education, Family School Relationship, Parent Participation, Professional Development, Public Schools, School Community Relationship, Staff Development, Technical Education

Autor: Mid-Continent Research for Education and Learning, Aurora, CO.


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