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Education Resources Information Center (federal research clearinghouse)



De-school


John Taylor Gatto
Texts
Video
Voice
On Education - Infowars

Beyond Schooling

Texts
"Free" Education and Literacy, by Barry Dean Simpson

Video
History of compulsory schooling
Sir Ken Robinson: Do schools kill creativity?
Compulsory Education and Mass Media

MDCPS Executive Internships

The Value of Good Design (see pg. 4, Learning Environments)


Move Away from the Shopping Mall High School

1. Being Unspecial in the Shopping Mall High School (EJ327980)
2. The Shopping Mall High School. Winners and Losers in the Educational Marketplace (EJ326589)

Finnish schools

What Makes Finnish Kids So Smart?
Finland's teens score extraordinarily high on an international test. American educators are trying to figure out why. Wall Street Journal, FEBRUARY 29, 2008

Family-community integration and a cohesive valuing of education that is inclusive of support
from families and the larger community. Here is an article that talks about
that: http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_ news/education/4033593.stm

And here is another one, titled "Success of Finnish schoolchildren indicates
society's values"
(http://virtual.finland.fi/ netcomm/news/showarticle.asp? intNWSAID=68070).. very
MOQish title (and subject), no?

From that second article.

""A school is not a separate island of excellence — and there is a lot of
room for improvement in schools too. In my opinion, the results of the survey
are rather an indication of the values and potential of society.

Children and adolescents grow up in an environment where education is highly
valued across the board and where there is a high level of preparedness to do
work. The value base is never questioned, there is generally a good,
non-disruptive atmosphere in which to work, and there is a practical approach
in all things," says Holopainen, listing factors behind the success of Finnish
schools."

Create small schools with 90 students per teacher or less

Berliner, Biddle. The Manufactured Crisis.
Kyle - Transforming Our Schools: Lessons from the Jefferson County Public Schools/Gheens Professional Development Academy, 1983-1991
Horace's Hope: What Works for the American High School by Theodore R. Sizer (Paperback - Sep 15, 1997)

Eliminate tracking

What Makes Finnish Kids So Smart?
Finland's teens score extraordinarily high on an international test. American educators are trying to figure out why. Wall Street Journal, FEBRUARY 29, 2008

Berliner, Biddle. The Manufactured Crisis.
O'Hair, Mary John. McLaughlin, H. James. Reitzug, Ulrich C. Foundations of Democratic Education: 17, 330.
Horace's Hope: What Works for the American High School by Theodore R. Sizer (Paperback - Sep 15, 1997)

Assess authentically

MDCPS Competency-Based Curriculum
Project-Based Learning: Rigor and Relevance in High Schools
Democratic Schools by James A. (EDT)/ Apple, Michael W. (EDT) Beane (Paperback - Jan 30, 2007)
The Manufactured Crisis: Myths, Fraud, And The Attack On America's Public Schools by David C. Berliner and Bruce J. Biddle (Paperback - Aug 25, 1996)
The Quality School Teacher: A Companion Volume to The Quality School by William Glasser (Paperback - Jul 11, 1998): 72
Kyle - Transforming Our Schools: Lessons from the Jefferson County Public Schools/Gheens Professional Development Academy, 1983-1991
O'Hair, Mary John. McLaughlin, H. James. Reitzug, Ulrich C. Foundations of Democratic Education.
Horace's Hope: What Works for the American High School by Theodore R. Sizer (Paperback - Sep 15, 1997)

Facilitate common planning at least 10 hours per week for instructional teams

Kyle - Transforming Our Schools: Lessons from the Jefferson County Public Schools/Gheens Professional Development Academy, 1983-1991
Horace's Hope: What Works for the American High School by Theodore R. Sizer (Paperback - Sep 15, 1997)

What Can We Learn From L.A. - Tracing the Rise-and-Fall Pattern of Urban School Reform - Education Week, 10-17-08

Build new knowledge

AFT - Publications - American Educator - Spring 2005 - Building new knowledge - School improvement requires new knowldege, not just good will

Brian Peterson on MDCPS improvement, teachdade.com, Fall & Winter, 2008


Restructure schools

Small High Schools on a Larger Scale: The First Three Years of the Chicago High School Redesign Initiative. Research Report (ED498333)

References, Horace's Hope: What Works for the American High School by Theodore R. Sizer (Paperback - Sep 15, 1997)

Kyle - Transforming Our Schools: Lessons from the Jefferson County Public Schools/Gheens Professional Development Academy, 1983-1991

Lee & Smith
Effects of High School Restructuring and Size on Gains in Achievement and Engagement for Early Secondary School Students.
High School Restructuring and Student Achievement. A New Study Finds Strong Links. Issue Report No. 7.

Effects of High School Restructuring and Size on Early Gains in Achievement and Engagement.
High School Restructuring and the Equitable Distribution of Achievement. Revised.


Lee, Smith, and Croninger - How High School Organization Influences the Equitable Distribution of Learning in Mathematics and Science

School decentralization
http://www.eric.ed.gov/ERICWebPortal/Home.portal;jsessionid=LWFhGDgJflrLZL37B43Q3jPhpGQ0vz2mYYpTQPLmpVq1MVhLYLX4!1391711425?_nfpb=true&ERICExtSearch_SearchValue_0=new+york+school+decentralization&ERICExtSearch_SearchType_0=kw&_pageLabel=ERICSearchResult&newSearch=true&rnd=1217791322175&searchtype=keyword
http://www.eric.ed.gov/ERICWebPortal/Home.portal?_nfpb=true&ERICExtSearch_SearchValue_0=new+york+school+decentralization&ERICExtSearch_SearchType_0=kw&_pageLabel=ERICSearchResult
+ request only those with full text


Implement career academies

Education Week: Career Academies Seen to Pay Off in Higher Earnings
A 15-year research project found that students in career academies were no more likely to attend college than those in traditional high schools, ...
www.edweek.org/ew/articles/2008/07/16/43career.h27.html - Similar pages

Use alternative discipline methods

Factory-model discipline leaves many troubled students behind
Escape from the Institutional Straightjacket

Utilize modern management theory

W. Edwards Deming
Theory X and Theory Y: A comparison of these two very different theories as proposed by Douglas McGregor.

MDCPS Continuous Improvement Model

Wibur Brookover
ERIC search (Authors:Wilbur and Authors:Brookover)
ED393961 - Creating Effective Schools: An In-Service Program for Enhancing School Learning Climate and Achievement. Revised Edition. Wilbur Brookover

Brazosport School District
http://www.brazosportisd.net/curric/practices.htm
http://search.aol.com/aol/search?query=brazosport+independent+school+district&page=5&nt=SG5&invocationType=spelling&clickstreamid=1180662940743081165
http://www.apqc.org/portal/apqc/ksn?paf_gear_id=contentgearhome&paf_dm=full&pageselect=detail&docid=109469
http://www.apqc.org/portal/apqc/ksn?paf_gear_id=contentgearhome&paf_dm=full&pageselect=detail&docid=109469&topics=&process=

The Results Fieldbook: Practical Strategies from Dramatically Improved Schools. MIKE SCHMOKER. (ASCD Premium, Select, and Regular Member book, 2001) 8 1/2" x 11", 150 pages.

W. Edwards Deming


Coalition of Essential Schools

http://www.essentialschools.org/
http://www.essentialschools.org/pub/ces_docs/resources/horace/v24/24_2_toc.html
http://www.essentialschools.org/cs/schools/view/ces_centers/59
http://www.southeastces.org/index.html
Profile of the Parker School
Bay Area Coalition for Equitable Schools


School-based management, MDCPS, 1980's

To access the stories below, school employees can contact their library/media specialists for the logins and passwords.
Newsbank, 1987, school-based management
Thanks to Professor Brian Peterson of FIU for leads on this information.
http://infoweb.newsbank.com/iw-search/we/InfoWeb?p_topdoc=11&p_action=list
TEACHERS GET A CHANCE TO HELP RUN THEIR SCHOOLMiami Herald, The (FL) - June 18, 1987 Length: 439 words (Estimated printed pages: 2)
Leslie Vogel, who loves it when her Riviera Junior High students ask her for advice and share their triumphs, has always believed she would make a good counselor. So the journalism, yearbook and drama teacher at the West Dade school will give counseling a try three hours a day beginning in September. "The counseling department here is so overburdened with paper work that they don't have enough student contact," said Vogel, 30. "I never have...
HOW NORTH DADE SCHOOLS ARE TAKING CONTROLMiami Herald, The (FL) - May 28, 1987 Length: 249 words (Estimated printed pages: 1)
HORACE MANN MIDDLE SCHOOL 8950 NW Second Ave. Next fall, a leadership council will meet on a regular basis to make decisions about Horace Mann's programs, including the faculty meetings, budget, textbook, curriculum and discipline. "It is a basic ingredient," said Principal Marshall Stearns. "It is part of the whole concept of school- based management: teachers having a greater voice in management." The council also will help...
TEACHERS TAKE CHARGE FACULTY, PRINCIPALS TO RUN THEIR OWN SCHOOLSMiami Herald, The (FL) - May 28, 1987 Length: 899 words (Estimated printed pages: 4)
Four Northeast Dade schools will be among the 32 public schools taking part in an educational revolution this fall. In a program that will be watched by school systems nationwide, teachers and principals will run their own schools. Faculty members at Norland and Horace Mann middle schools and North Miami and William Jennings Bryan elementaries will decide how school budgets will be spent, select textbooks, discipline students and decide how classrooms will be run. Up to now, the Dade County...
HOW NORTH DADE SCHOOLS ARE TAKING CONTROLMiami Herald, The (FL) - May 28, 1987 Length: 210 words (Estimated printed pages: 1)
NORLAND MIDDLE SCHOOL 1235 NW 192nd Ter. Shared decision-making and school-based management gave Norland a chance to provide more personal instruction and attention and teaming of teachers and students. Teachers and students will be divided into nine teams that will stay together during the day. The same group of teachers will be teaching the same group of approximately 120 students. All teachers will meet for a 40- or 45-minute common planning period in the morning before school...
EXPERIMENT GIVES TEACHERS MORE SAY IN RUNNING SCHOOLSMiami Herald, The (FL) - April 16, 1987 Length: 496 words (Estimated printed pages: 2)
Palmetto Elementary School wants Spanish, Berlitz-style. South Miami High wants daily silent reading periods. Bunche Park Elementary wants to hand out report cards more often, and South Dade High wants to set up a code of discipline. Those schools, and 28 others, are taking part in an experiment aimed at giving teachers more say in the way schools are run -- a revolutionary concept known as "school-based management." In January, every public school in Dade County was...

African-American student performance

http://www.blackboysreport.org/

Public v private

http://www.google.com/search?hl=en&q=bush+department+education+public+private+school&btnG=Google+Search
http://tinyurl.com/2g42gn
Department of Education under Pres. George W. Bush - No significant difference between public and private schools

Reform

http://www.rethinkingschools.org/
http://www.iearn.org/
http://www.globalschoolnet.org/index.cfm
http://www.rwuniversity.com/info.cfm#a
http://www.newteacheruniversity.com/

Alternative schools

http://www.google.com/search?q=alternative+school+association&ie=utf-8&oe=utf-8&aq=t&rls=org.mozilla:en-US:official&client=firefox-a
http://the-naea.org/
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alternative_school
http://www.ncacs.org/
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/National_Coalition_of_Alternative_Community_Schools

Free schools
http://www.olemiss.edu/programs/mtc/Media/Writings/docs/Focus%2006%20PDF/Schaefer.pdf
http://www.spinninglobe.net/groupages.htm

Albany Free School
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Free_school
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Albany_Free_School
http://www.albanyfreeschool.com/overview.shtml
http://www.spinninglobe.net/historyalbfs.htm
http://www.spinninglobe.net/histfsml.htm

Bibliography

Horace's Hope: What Works for the American High School by Theodore R. Sizer (Paperback - Sep 15, 1997)
Horace's School: Redesigning the American High School by Theodore R. Sizer (Paperback - Sep 9, 1997)
Horace's Compromise: The Dilemma of the American High School by Theodore R. Sizer (Paperback - Sep 23, 2004)