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United States Office of Educational Research and Improvement Programs for the Improvement of Practice

Works: 44 works in 90 publications in 1 language and 8,879 library holdings
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National excellence : a case for developing America's talent : an anthology of readings by Pat O'Connell Ross( Book )

4 editions published between 1993 and 1994 in English and held by 482 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This report on the educational needs of American gifted and talented students identifies indicators of an educational crisis, describes the current status of education for these students, and presents recommendations to meet the educational needs of these students. Indicators demonstrating the need for change include the relatively poor performance by American students on international tests and the small number of students performing at the highest levels on National Assessment of Educational Progress tests. Recent studies have shown that gifted and talented elementary school students have mastered 35-40% of the curriculum in five basic subjects before they begin the school year; most regular classroom teachers make few, if any, provisions for talented students; highest achieving students study less than an hour a day; and only 2 cents out of every $100 spent on K-12 education supports special opportunities for talented students. A review describes how gifted and talented students are currently identified, the number of students served, the kind of support available, the kind of education most gifted and talented students receive, and characteristics of effective programs for these students. Seven recommendations are offered: (1) set challenging curricular standards; (2) establish high-level learning opportunities; (3) ensure access to early childhood education; (4) increase learning opportunities for disadvantaged and minority children with outstanding talents; (5) broaden the definition of gifted (a broadened definition based on the federal Javits Gifted and Talented Education Act is offered); (6) encourage appropriate teacher training and technical assistance; and (7) match world performance. (Contains 43 references.) (DB)
Choice of schools in six nations : France, Netherlands, Belgium, Britain, Canada, West Germany by Charles Leslie Glenn( Book )

2 editions published in 1989 in English and held by 461 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The role of parent choice in publicly funded education in six selected nations is examined. Focusing upon education in developed Western democracies, this study is intended to be instructive to U.S. education as it examines the interplay between state-mandated universal education and parents' right of choice. Twenty-five national education systems were reviewed, and six were selected for this study--France, Netherlands, Belgium, Britain, Canada, and West Germany. Each country is discussed separately, examining: (1) historical background, (2) research on reasons for parents' decisions about their children's schools, and (3) current policy debates. In these six nations, parents' choice of particular schools or forms of education for their children is usually based upon either religious reasons, or preference for a particular type of curriculum or language of instruction. The document includes an introduction by U.S. Secretary of Education Lauro F. Cavazos, followed by a foreword by Assistant Secretary Christopher T. Cross. A 280-item bibliography, arranged by country, is included. (As)
The Condition of education in rural schools( Book )

2 editions published in 1994 in English and held by 440 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Improving math and science assessment : report on the Secretary's third conference on mathematics and science education by Nancy Paulu( Book )

3 editions published in 1994 in English and held by 388 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Getting started : how choice can renew your public schools by OERI Roundtable on Public School Choice( Book )

2 editions published in 1992 in English and held by 347 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Parental involvement in education by James S Coleman( Book )

3 editions published in 1991 in English and held by 311 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The principal's role in shaping school culture by Terrence E Deal( Book )

2 editions published in 1991 in English and held by 310 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Designed to explain how principals can shape school culture, this book first discusses current pressures for school reform and the different perspectives on school operations reflected in these reforms. Competing reform strategies are described, specifically, the human resources approach and the structural, political, free market, and school culture models. Aiming to link reform success to school culture and symbolic leadership concepts, the book describes organizational cultures or subcultures within the greater society and presents evidence connecting organizational culture to productivity in business and schools. Next, a description is given of how the principal shapes a school culture by fulfilling five roles: those of symbol, potter, poet, actor, and healer. Following this, the book presents five case studies of school leadership in school settings that varied according to principal incumbency, school characteristics, student abilities, and organizational history. Finally, commonalities in the leaders' tactics are summarized and discussed. Each of the principals described identified what was important, selected compatible teachers, dealt successfully with conflict, set a consistent example, told illustrative stories, and used ceremonies, tradition, rituals, and symbols to display the school's common values. The book concludes with some action guidelines, with the caveat that these will prove inadequate unless accompanied by an unquenchable desire and commitment to build cultures that support and create excellence. Included are 51 references and a classified, annotated bibliography of 25 books and articles. (Mlh)
Hard work and high expectations : motivating students to learn by Tommy M Tomlinson( Book )

2 editions published in 1992 in English and held by 308 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Outstanding practices in the arts, 1989-90 and 1990-91( Book )

3 editions published in 1994 in English and held by 301 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Toward quality in education : the leader's odyssey by National LEADership Network Study Group on Restructuring Schools (U.S.)( Book )

4 editions published in 1993 in English and held by 288 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This book is intended as a resource for educators engaged in the pursuit of quality and excellence. Specifically, Total Quality Management (TQM)--defined as a way of thinking and working to achieve continuous improvement through employee involvement and a focus on customers--is applied to education. Following the introduction, the first two chapters provide an overview of the national productivity and educational crisis in America. Chapter 3 describes the tenets of TQM, or organizational transformation, and chapter 4 discusses the basics of TQM in education. The fifth chapter provides a framework for analyzing ideas and innovations in education, which is useful for integrating TQM and improvement initiatives. A case study of the Bluebonnet Hill School District (Texas) is offered in chapter 6. The seventh chapter discusses ways to integrate TQM with other educational innovations, such as school-based decision making, effective schools, strategic planning, and outcome-based education. The final chapter examines challenges for leadership in constructing a new educational culture. Appendices contain seven basic tools, Deming's 14 Points, a list of design team members, and a description of National LEADership Network Study Group on Restructuring Schools activities. (LMI)
Outstanding practices in geography education, 1989-90 and history education, 1990-92( Book )

2 editions published in 1993 in English and held by 285 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Sticking together II : strengthening linkages and the transition between early childhood education and early elementary school : summary of the second National Policy Forum by National Policy Forum( Book )

2 editions published in 1993 in English and held by 281 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

School change models and processes : a review and synthesis of research and practice by Marshall Sashkin( Book )

4 editions published in 1993 in English and held by 267 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This report examines a 30-year history of educational change to identify differing perspectives, strategies, and useful principles. The three most influential perspectives in educational change are the rational-scientific perspective, which proposes that change is created through the dissemination of innovative techniques; the political perspective, which generates change through legislation and other directives outside the school district; and the cultural perspective which seeks improvement through value changes in organizations. There are four strategies for implementing change: fix the parts, fix the people, fix the schools, and fix the system. Systemic education reform offers new hope because it brings together the technical knowledge needed for improvement with a locally sensitive education strategy. Through the Goals 2000 Initiative, the U.S. Department of Education supports reform efforts within the framework of the six National Education Goals. The Department and the Office of Educational Research and Improvement support standards-based assessment techniques. They also assist states in developing curriculum frameworks and help disseminate sound research and practice-based knowledge. A reference bibliography, illustrative programs, and additional sources are included. (JPT)
An agenda for research and development on rural education( Book )

3 editions published in 1991 in English and held by 250 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Educational freedom in Eastern Europe by Charles Leslie Glenn( Book )

2 editions published in 1994 in English and held by 247 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The story of the Communist takeover of education and the recent revival of educational freedom in post-Communist societies
Project abstracts : Educational Partnerships Program by Jacqueline P Danzberger( Book )

2 editions published in 1993 in English and held by 237 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Classification of instructional programs by Robert L Morgan( Book )

2 editions published in 1996 in English and held by 235 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Creating responsible and responsive accountability systems : report of the OERI State Accountability Study Group( Book )

5 editions published between 1988 and 1990 in English and held by 229 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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United States. Office of Educational Research and Improvement. Office of Research. Programs for the Improvement of Practice

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