Type of Document Dissertation Author Hess, Brenda F. Author's Email Address firstname.lastname@example.org URN etd-121598-200118 Title Learning How to Grow: a Case Study of School Renewal in One Elementary and Middle School Degree Doctor of Education Department Educational Leadership and Policy Studies Advisory Committee
Advisor Name Title Niles, Jerome A. Committee Co-Chair Parks, David J. Committee Co-Chair Cutlip, Bobbi J. Committee Member Parson, Stephen R. Committee Member Yardley, Dianne R. Committee Member Keywords
- Regional accreditation process
- School renewal
- Southern Association of Colleges and Schools
Date of Defense 1998-12-07 Availability unrestricted AbstractLEARNING HOW TO GROW: A CASE STUDY OF SCHOOL RENEWAL
IN ONE ELEMENTARY AND MIDDLE SCHOOL
Brenda F. Hess
Dr. Jerome A. Niles, Co-Chair
Dr. David J. Parks, Co-Chair
School Renewal is a broadly defined process used as an alternative route to school
improvement and regional accreditation. However, there is no direct evidence to support
its use. To date, there have been no systematic inquiries to document the regional
accrediation process of improving an elementary and middle school through the School
Renewal process. This study was an inquiry into the School Renewal accreditation
process in an elementary and middle school.
The study focused on the structure of the School Renewal process, the processes in which
participants engaged, and the outcomes of the School Renewal process as related to
planning, climate, communication, curriculum and instruction, and staff development.
The design included a case study with a rich, descriptive, narrative format for reporting.
The participants included the principal, assistant principal, all faculty and staff members,
parents and community members of Honaker Elementary and Middle School who were
members of one of the School Renewal committees. Data from documents, observations
and interviews of participants, and the researcher's journal were analyzed to build a
complete case narrative. The findings were organized into three major themes from the
School Renewal process: the structure of school renewal; the processes of leadership
including communication and involvement of participants in the School Renewal process;
and the outcomes of School Renewal.
A number of major understandings emanated from the study that help to elaborate existing
descriptions of the School Renewal process. Planning and structuring the process created
the framework and foundation from which to begin the School Renewal process. A
democratic, supportive principal and a strong teacher leader emerged as key participants at
the school level. School-wide communication was a vital component. The roles of
participants, representation of stakeholders, and active involvement helped facilitate
participant motivation that bound the participants together throughout the renewal
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