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Achieving World Class Schools: Mastering School Improvement Using a Genetic Model

reviewed by Scott Thompson - 2003

coverTitle: Achieving World Class Schools: Mastering School Improvement Using a Genetic Model
Author(s): Paul Kimmelman and David Kroeze
Publisher: Christopher-Gordon Publishers Inc., Norwood, MA
ISBN: 1929024452 , Pages: 320, Year: 2002
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If the appearance of the word “genetic” in this book’s subtitle sets off your alarm system, fear not.  It does not refer to the academic fate of schoolchildren based on hereditary characteristics.  Rather, the authors present the genetic makeup of living organisms as a metaphorical model for reforming public school districts into systems of world-class schools.   The authors argue that six interdependent “chromosomes” are essential to the achievement of world-class school systems.  They organize their “chromosomes” into “two categories in a manner similar to how chromosomes are classified as X or Y” (pp. 22-23).  The two categories are capacity-building “chromosomes,” comprising leadership, change, and professional development; and teaching-learning process “chromosomes,” comprising curriculum, instructional practice, and assessment.   The authors further suggest that each of these "chromosomes" are composed of both "genes" or fundamental principles and "DNA" or research-based practices. So in the case of the professional development "chromosome," for example, the authors outline six fundamental principles ("genes") essential to the development of this "chromosome":   1.      Create a philosophy statement, purpose, and goals 2.      Deepen understanding of content... (preview truncated at 150 words.)

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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record Volume 105 Number 1, 2003, p. 85-88
https://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 10948, Date Accessed: 7/31/2021 8:09:13 PM

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  • Scott Thompson
    Panasonic Foundation
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    SCOTT THOMPSON is Assistant Director of the Panasonic Foundation in Secaucus, NJ and the Editor of Strategies, an issues series by the Panasonic Foundation in cooperation with the American Association of School Administrators. Prior to joining the staff of the Panasonic Foundation, he was Director of Dissemination and Project Development at the Institute for Responsive Education in Boston. His writing on educational change and improvement has appeared in Phi Delta Kappan, Educational Leadership, Education Week, Educational Horizons, Teaching and Change, Community Education Journal, and elsewhere.
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