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Accelerated Schools in Action
Lessons from the Field

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October 1995 | 344 pages | Corwin
This book provides unique insights into one of the United States' most comprehensive school-restructuring movements, the Accelerated Schools Project. Since its inception in 1986, the Project has aimed to transform school cultures which slow down learning through remediation into cultures which accelerate the learning of all students. The contributors to the book explore the challenges which face those involved in the Project.
Edward P St John
Preface
 
PART ONE: INQUIRY INTO ACCELERATED SCHOOLS
Edward P St John
Introduction
Henry M Levin
Accelerated Schools
The Background

 
Ilse Brunner and Wendy Hopfenberg
Growth and Learning
Big Wheels and Little Wheels Interacting

 
Ilse Brunner and Brenda Le Tendre
Accelerated Schools as Learning Organizations
The Revitalization of Pioneer Schools

 
Edward P St John
Reflection
Learning to Facilitate, Reflect, and Inquire

 
 
PART TWO: BUILDING CAPACITY
Christine Finnan
Introduction
James W Kushman and Thomas G Chenoweth
Building Shared Meaning and Commitment during the Courtship Phase
Christine Finnan
Making Change Our Friend
Edward P St John et al
Building Communities of Inquiry
Linking Teacher Research and School Restructuring

 
Christine Finnan
Reflection
Creating an Environment to Sustain School Change

 
 
PART THREE: THE ROLE OF THE PRINCIPAL IN ACCELERATED SCHOOLS
Simeon P Slovacek
Introduction
Thomas G Chenoweth and James W Kushman
Building Initial Commitment to Accelerate
Betty M Davidson and Edward P St John
Principals' Changing Roles
Analysis of Selected Case Studies

 
Georgia Christensen
Toward a New Leadership Paradigm
Behaviors of Accelerated School Principals

 
Joan Sabrina Mims
Principals Speak Out on Their Evolving Leadership Roles
Simeon P Slovacek
Reflection
The Changing Role of Principals in Accelerated Schools

 
 
PART FOUR: POWERFUL LEARNING THROUGH CURRICULUM AND INSTRUCTION
Jane McCarthy
Introduction
Cynthia J Olivier
A Teacher's Voice
The First Year of the Accelerated Schools Project

 
Henry M Levin and Jane McCarthy
Full Inclusion in Accelerated Schools
Equal Access to Powerful Learning

 
Vicky Gonzalez and Carolyn Tucher
Teaching All Children to Read
Hoover Elementary School

 
Beth M Keller and Pilar Soler
The Influence of Accelerated Schools Philosophy and Process on Classroom Practices
Jane McCarthy
Reflection
Making Learning Come Alive in Accelerated Schools

 

Christine R. Finnan

Christine Finnan holds a joint position as an associate professor in the Foundations, Secondary, and Special Education Department and the Anthropology Department at the College of Charleston in Charleston, SC. Prior to assuming this position, she was an associate professor in the Early Childhood, Elementary, and Middle Grades Department. In this capacity, she helped develop curriculum for a BS in elementary education, preparing graduates to work in second- to sixth-grade classrooms. Since 1990, Finnan has been involved in school reform initiatives, particularly the Accelerated Schools Project and more recently Partners for Acceleration.... More About Author

Edward P. St. John

Edward P. St. John is professor of educational leadership at Indiana University and was director of the Indiana Education Policy Center. His research focuses on policy issues in K–16 education (1998–2002). At the Policy Center, he has directed several studies of the impact of early read-ing programs and comprehensive school reform. His other collaborative books on topics related to school reform include Accelerated Schools in Action (Corwin), Families in Schools (Heinemann), and Reinterpreting Urban School Reform (SUNY Press). More About Author

Jane McCarthy

Simeon P. Slovacek

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