What happens when improvement programs collide,
to appear in Phi Delta Kappan, 6/00
A fantasy in teaching and learning:
Imagining a future for "on-line" teaching portfolios, presented
at AERA, 4/00
Web-based resources used in the class:
Teaching For Understanding
Active Learning Practices For Schools (Alps)
This site has been put together by people
at Project Zero working on the Teaching for Understanding Project and
several other projects. See particularly the sections on TFU and the Colonial
site provides information for those implementing or interested in implementing
the Core Knowledge approach.
Modern Red Schoolhouse
site provides information and resources for those implementing the Modern
Red Schoolhouse. MRSH is a NAS Design based on the work of E.D. Hirsch,
William Bennett and others.
Center for Educational Leadership
This Center includes links to Core Knowledge
schools in Texas as well as lesson plans from those schools.
Core Academic Approaches
Success for All
site provides information and resources for those interested in implementing
the Success for All or Root and Wings school designs.
National Center on Education and the Economy
The NCEE is dedicated to standards-based reform.
It's led by Marc Tucker, one of the original leaders of the New Standards
America's Choice School Design
This school design has grown out of the work
of the New Standards Project. Originally called the National Alliance,
it's now run through the National Center on Education and the Economy.
High Performance Learning Communities
HPLC documents standards-based reform in Community
School District #2. The site includes case studies
of several different schools.
Inc. was established to support states' efforts to develop and implement
standards-based reform efforts. It's web-site includes a database of state
standards and information on the 1999 National Education Summit which
it convened to help sustain the standards movement.
Other Reform Programs
Bay Area School Reform Collaborative
This site provides information for schools working
with or interested in joining BASRC. It includes links to other sites
associated with the Annenberg Challenges as well as to some resources
on California Schools.
Joint Venture Silicon Valley
site provides information and resources related to the Education initiatives
Partners in School Innovation
PSI began as an Americorp program in 1994 and now serves
as a whole-school reform program for schools in the Bay Area. This site
provides information and resources about the program as well as links
to local schools with whom they are working.
Expeditionary Learning Outward Bound
a NAS design, applies the philosophy behind Outward Bound to k-12 education.
This site provides information and resources for those inolved with or
interested in implementing the ELOB design.
Co-nect Schools, a NAS design, provide a school
design that focuses on project-based curricula and the use of technology.
This site provides information and resources for those working on the
Co-nect design and those interested in becoming Co-nect schools.
Coalition of Essential Schools
CES web-site provides an introduction to the Coalition of Essential Schools.
It also includes back issues of "Horace" -- one of the best sources of
information for teachers and others about school reform, integrated curricula,
High Schools that Work
High Schools that Work is one of only three
reform programs to be judged "successful" by the AIR survey of research
on effectiveness. Their programs seeks to combine "challenging academic
courses and modern vocational studies to raise the achievement of high
school students." The site includes "best practices", assessments, and
a variety of internal evaluations and case studies.
Catalog of School Reform Models
This catalog provides overviews of 64 different
"whole-school" and curriculum programs. It has been prepared by the Nothwest
Regional Education Laboratory.
An Educator's Guide to Schoolwide Reform
This guide provides overviews and analyses
of 24 "whole-school", "comprehensive", or "school-wide"
approaches. The guide is produced by the American Institute for Research.
A consumer's Guide to schoolwide reform
This book, Better by Design by James Traub,
provides Traub's description of ten schoolwide reform models and descriptions
of his visits to one school associated with each model. (It also includes
a description of the "MI model" even though he acknowledges that model
does not exist...)
New American Schools
N ew American Schools (formerly NASDC)has
provided funding to help launch a number of "comprehensive" school designs.
It currently provides information and resources to support schools, districts,
states and design teams pursuing school-wide reform.
Comprehensive School Reform Program
This site sponsored by the Department
of Education provides information and resources for the Comprehensive
School Reform Program.
Education Commission of the States
ECS provides information and resources on a variety
of subjects including Comprehensive Reform and the NAS Designs.
Education Week provides access to current and
past articles on CSRD, NAS, the NAS Designs and a variety of other relevant
issues. It also provides a listing of Educational Organizations, and past
copies of Quality Counts which analyzes the standards and policies of
all 50 states.