Lessons Learned: Five Years in the Urban Schools Network

E. Nielsen Andrew, C. Dornsife, M. Flack, M. Tsuzuki Hallinan, L. Jackson, M. Raby, M. Harris Steadman

The Urban Schools Network is NCRVE's coalition of schools and institutions engaged in reform around the idea of school to work. This capstone report offers reflections on the project from NCRVE staff and consultants which synthesize lessons about school change applicable to all school reform efforts. It offers background; stories from the schools; and practical strategies on topics, including work-based learning, career and guidance programs, alternative scheduling, professional development, and whole school change. Throughout the book, a wealth of examples from Network schools, recounting their challenges and successes, make this report a rich and panoramic survey of work-related education reform in America today. The concluding chapter offers broad lessons about how schools change, useful both to those working from within schools and to those in organizations helping from the outside.

MDS-1110 / October 1998

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