Annotated Bibliography of Resources for Educational Reform, Coherent Teaching Practice, and Improved Student Learning

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  • Newmann, F., & Wehlage, G. (1997). Successful school restructuring: A report to the public and educators by the Center on Organization and Restructuring of Schools. Madison, WI: Document Service, Wisconsin Center for Education Research.

The authors synthesize five years of research by the Center on Organization and Restructuring of Schools with 1,500 elementary, middle, and high schools participating in various district and state restructuring efforts. The report concludes that structural reforms alone do not bring about increased learning. However, organization of human and social resources to support improved teaching and learning is a powerful strategy. The report includes in-depth case studies and survey data portraying general trends. The report concludes that student learning can meet high standards if educators and the public give students three kinds of support: (1) teachers who practice authentic pedagogy, (2) schools that build organizational capacity by strengthening professional community, and (3) external agencies and parents that support schools to achieve the high quality student learning described.

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