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Riley, Pam

Works: 8 works in 24 publications in 1 language and 1,394 library holdings
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Most widely held works by Pam Riley
School reform : the critical issues by Williamson M Evers( )

7 editions published between 2001 and 2013 in English and held by 1,044 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This book presents a collection of recent articles on education reform. The contributors examine the basic nature of our education problems, provide a clear understanding of why schools and students are underperforming, and propose reasonable and effective strategies for success
Youth out of the education mainstream : a North Carolina profile by Pam Riley( Book )

5 editions published in 1999 in English and held by 318 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This Bulletin describes the impact of the Youth Out of the Education Mainstream (yoem) program and summarizes North Carolina's implementation of this initiative at 10 sites in the state. The yoem initiative, a joint program of the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention, the U.S. Department of Justice, and the U.S. Department of Education's Drug-Free Schools Program, focuses on at-risk youth who are truant, dropouts, fearful of attending school, suspended, expelled, or in need of help reintegrating into mainstream schools from juvenile detention and correctional settings. Many of the lessons learned in the implementation of yoem can be applied to all types of educational environments. Among these lessons is the realization that safe and stable learning environments, small classes, one-on-one instruction, caring teachers and administrators, and access to resources are the keys to success in education today. Profiles of several yoem students are included. (Contains 41 endnotes.) (Sld)
How to start a charter school : the basics( Book )

2 editions published in 1994 in English and held by 9 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A charter school survey : parents, teachers, and principals speak out by Pam Riley( Book )

3 editions published in 2000 in English and held by 7 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Three surveys assessing 100 California charter schools were conducted in 1997-98. Interviewees included teachers, principals, and parents. Findings include: 7 out of 10 charter-school principals report that their schools boast waiting lists; overall, parents selected the school's curriculum as their primary reason for selecting a charter; charter-school students share demographic and socioeconomic characteristics with students in the state's district schools; charter-school principals have been able to establish successfully strong school-parent relationships and have increased parental involvement in their children's education; student attendance and academic performance remarkably improve when the student is enrolled in a charter school; 96 percent of charter-school teachers are held accountable through an evaluation process, done usually annually; 70 percent of California's charter-school teachers spend time every week on school organization and development duties; and 65 percent of teachers deploy parent volunteers in the classroom. Survey results refute the charges of critics that charter schools are racially exclusive and "creaming" only the best, most advanced students. Results also demonstrate conclusively the positive impact of deregulation, local control, and increased autonomy, while also confirming that comprehensive choice is the path to truly meaningful educational reform. Three appendices describe the survey strategy and sample characteristics, and list interview questions. (Rt)
Failing grade : crisis and reform in the Oakland Unified School District by K. Gwynne Coburn( Book )

3 editions published in 2000 in English and held by 6 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Oakland Unified School District may embody the failures of public education, which makes it worth examining for causes of failure and for potential reforms. This district has the second highest parental dissatisfaction in the nation, with two-thirds of graduates not able to meet minimum eligibility requirements of the state's colleges. It is also the district known for promoting Ebonics, a street patois raised to a language for classroom instruction. This report traces the causes of its problems to top-heavy bureaucracy, weak and reactionary leadership, union rigidity, shaky fiscal policies, low standards, and an inappropriate curriculum. There were gross inequities in curriculum and resources from school to school. Barriers raised by bureaucracy and union rules made it difficult to hire qualified teachers, while emergency credentials rose from 481 to 825 from March to November in 1999. Also noted was the large number of inexperienced teachers assigned to schools with largely African-American populations. The report concurs with Mayor Brown's Commission on Education. Schools should have a curriculum proven to improve reading ability, administrators should have authority to hire or dismiss staff without regard to seniority, and districts should be free to extend school days, provide Saturday schools, or operate year-round. Also recommended is the development of charter schools and other independent or deregulated schools. (Contains 69 notes.) (Rkj)
Expanding the charter idea : a template for legislative and policy reform by Lloyd Billingsley( Book )

2 editions published in 1999 in English and held by 5 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Contract for failure : the impact of teacher union contracts on the quality of California schools by Pam Riley( Book )

1 edition published in 2002 in English and held by 4 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Meeting the challenge of school violence : school resource officers( Book )

1 edition published in 1997 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

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School reform : the critical issues
Alternative Names
Riley, Pamela A.

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