Extending School Improvement Beyond Curriculum

Abstract:Successful schools must meet the needs of multiple stakeholders - students, parents, teachers, administrators, taxpayers, and the community in general. And all this must be accomplished at different grade levels and divergent subject areas. Therefore, improving schools requires more than simply improving curriculum. In 2002 the Sheboygan Area School District (SASD) made its first attempt at program prioritization. Although the effort resulted in a $1 million savings, results were mixed, and the experience led to the district's current empowerment-based approach. SASD began this quality initiative using a logic model for improvement. The empowerment model resulted in more efficient allocation of funds for students in the classroom and built stronger working relationships among staff …

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