Tognieri, W., & Anderson, S.E. (2003). Beyond islands of excellence: What districts can do to improve instruction and achievement in all schools. Washington, DC: Learning First Alliance. Retrieved April 8, 2006 from http://www.learningfirst.org/publications/districts/
This study highlights successful reform efforts in five high poverty school districts from across the United States. The researchers found that the districts used a similar set of strategies to improve student achievement and implement effective professional development practices in their schools, including: acknowledging poor performance and making a commitment to change; implementing a system-wide approach to improving instruction; shaping their visions to focus on student learning; adopting new professional development programs to improve instruction; making decisions based on data; redefining leadership roles; and committing to sustained reform efforts. The authors offer recommendations, based on these lessons learned, for stakeholders, from school boards to union leaders and superintendents, to address instructional reform efforts in their organizations.
Culture of Collaboration, Culture of Inquiry, Leadership, Professional Development