This text moves beyond theory to present day-to-day experiences of change in school communities. Community members, including business leaders, teachers and parents share their experiences of trying to create school communities in which adults help children to develop and learn.
In this new book, the editors from the best-selling volume Rallying the Whole Village: The Comer Process for Reforming Education move beyond theory to present powerful, day-to-day experiences of change in school communities. Community members, business leaders, school board members, superintendents, principals, teachers and parents across the country share their experiences as they have tried to create school communities in which all adults help young people develop and learn.
Their indefatigable efforts are guided by their participation in the Yale School Devlopment Program (SDP). A comprehensive program for systemic reform, the SDP provides the framework for organizing and operating schools effectively in order to promote students' academic achievement and life success. This framework places students' developmental needs at the center of all school decisions and established shared responsibility. In SDP school communities far more is expected of the students than just cognitive development.
The professional development and activities described in this book will help prepare preservice and in-servie teachers, administrators. and parents to do the kind of collaborative diagnostic and problem-solving work that has been so successful in transforming schools across the country.