Improve Schools With Empowerment Based Models

Abstract:Most school administrators have been slow to adopt the quality practices mandated by the No Child Left Behind (NCLB) Act. Only three school districts have received the Malcolm Baldrige Quality Award since the sector's entry. Top-down approaches for quality improvement have failed to produce desired learning outcomes. Now educators are advocating more empowerment based models. The quality improvement initiative chosen by the Sheboygan Area School District (SASD) in Wisconsin focused on a process for developing and deploying best practices in the classroom by setting it into an enhanced logic model. The resulting SASD quality improvement cycle for student achievement is a three-phase initiative for continuously improving curriculum and changing classroom practices. A sidebar article describes the research-pyramid approach used by the SASD steering …

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