Key Ingredients in the Reform Recipe

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  • For whole-school reform to work well, researchers say, here's what helps:
  • The school makes a free, informed choice to select the design, based on a decision by its faculty, often through a secret ballot.
  • Faculty members who do not support the design can "transfer with dignity."
  • The principal and other administrators provide strong leadership at the school site.
  • The design is clear and specific, and the developers clearly explain how it's supposed to work.
  • Money and time are available for everyone in the school to participate in professional development, planning, and collaboration.
  • The design team provides structured materials and long-term, targeted technical assistance.
  • A designated person in the school is responsible for managing the reform process.
  • The school participates in a network of like-minded schools and colleagues.
  • The district has stable leadership that supports the design, has a culture of trust between schools and the central office, provides schools with some autonomy over budgets and hiring, and commits resources for professional development and planning.

Vol. 18, Issue 31, Page 32

Published in Print: April 14, 1999, as Key Ingredients in the Reform Recipe
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