Improving Student Learning When Budgets are Tight

Improving Student Learning When Budgets are Tight

By: Allan R. Odden (author)Paperback

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When money for education is tight and many states and districts are cutting education budgets, the resource side of education reform and school improvement becomes one of the most critical issues for sustaining our nation's schools. Without more effective use of the education dollar, current fiscal constraints and funding cuts could lead to battles over money, ineffective across-the-board budget cuts, and a substandard education system with a negative impact on student learning. This book is for school and district leaders is intended to show pathways through this current fiscal mess by linking what is known about improving school effectiveness and student performance to more effective and efficient resource use practices. It will offer concrete, specific actions that can be taken now, without major changes in the organization and governance of America's school systems. The strategies discussed will include: initial data analysis to understand current performance context, i.e. creating a sense of urgency for retaining the focus on boosting student performance even in tough fiscal times; setting specific numeric and high goals, and using those goals to drive resource allocation priorities; selecting a curriculum program and developing a view of effective instruction practice, with more specific comments on the characteristics of effective reading programs; the trade-offs between core subjects (reading/English/language arts, mathematics, science, history and foreign language) and electives, the use of time and school schedules, and the emergence of career-technical programs to replace the old voc-tech programs; and, more. This title also discusses strategies such as: formative and benchmark assessments, and the use of data to improve teaching practice; the organization of teacher work into collaborative teams; ongoing, comprehensive professional development including the use of instructional coaches; strategies for struggling students including Tier 1, 2 and 3 strategies in the Response to Intervention approach to students who need extra help; leadership; and, teacher, principal, and central office talent.

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Allan Odden is Professor Emeritus of Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis at the University of Wisconsin-Madison; he also is Co-Director of the Strategic Management of Human Capital (SMHC) in public education and Co-Director of the Consortium for Policy Research in Education (CPRE). CPRE is a consortium of the University of Wisconsin-Madison, Pennsylvania, Harvard, Michigan, Northwestern, Teachers College-Columbia University, and Stanford Universities. He is an international expert on education finance, effective resource allocation and use, resource reallocation, the strategic management of human capital in education, teacher compensation, school-based management, and educational policy development and implementation. He consults regularly with states and districts on these issues. His most recent books include School Finance: A Policy Perspective (McGraw Hill, 2008, 4th edition), with Lawrence O. Picus and How to Create World Class Teacher Compensation (Freeload Press, 2007) with Marc Wallace. Other books include Paying Teachers for What They Know and Do: New and Smarter Compensation Strategies to Improve Schools (Corwin Press, 1997, 2nd Edition, 2002) with Carolyn Kelley; Reallocating Resources: How to Boost Student Achievement Without Spending More (Corwin, 2001) with Sarah Archibald; School Finance: A Policy Perspective (McGraw Hill, 1992, 2nd Edition, 2000, 3rd Edition 2004) co-authored with Lawrence Picus; School-Based Finance (Corwin Press, 1999), edited with Margaret Goertz; Financing Schools for High Performance: Strategies for Improving the Use of Educational Resources (Jossey Bass, 1998) with Carolyn Busch; Educational Leadership for America's Schools (McGraw Hill, 1995); Rethinking School Finance: An Agenda for the 1990s (Jossey-Bass, 1992); Education Policy Implementation (State University of New York Press, 1991); and School Finance and School Improvement: Linkages for the 1980s (Ballinger, 1983). He was a mathematics teacher and curriculum developer in New York City's East Harlem for five years. He received his PhD and MA degrees from Columbia University, a Masters of Divinity from the Union Theological Seminary and his BS in aerospace engineering from Brown University.


List of Tables Preface Acknowledgments About the Author 1. A Plan of Action: Turning Around Low-Performing and Enhancing High-Performing Schools A Strategic Approach to Using the Education Dollar A Plan of Action for Dramatically Improving Student Performance Summary 2. The Resource Needs of the Plan of Action Details of the Resource Needs of the Plan of Action Example of a High-Spending District That Could Cut Spending Linking Table 2.1 to School Finance Adequacy Summary 3. Targeting Resources to Student Learning When Budgets Are Tight Understand and Resist the Cost Increase Pressures on Schools An Example of Strategic Resource Reallocation for a Midwestern Middle School More Detail on Strategic Budgeting Summary 4. Recruiting, Developing, and Compensating Top Educator Talent: Local Practices and Supporting State Policies Acquiring, Developing, and Retaining Teacher Talent Teacher Salary Structures Educator Pensions Summary 5. Computers and Technology in Education: Costs and Online Options Costs of Technology Software and Hardware Using Information Technologies for Instruction Summary 6. When Budget Cuts Are Necessary Cost Pressures, Goals, and Principles to Guide Strategic Budgeting Ensuring a Solid Talent Foundation in Tight Fiscal Times Engaging in Strategic Budgeting Summary References Index

Product Details

  • publication date: 04/04/2012
  • ISBN13: 9781452217086
  • Format: Paperback
  • Number Of Pages: 208
  • ID: 9781452217086
  • weight: 431
  • ISBN10: 1452217084

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