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Seeing Improvement: A Guide to Visiting Schools that Use Effective Whole School Improvement Models and Promising Practices, 2006
This manual is based on an earlier publication of the American Federation of Teachers (AFT). This new guide provides advice on conducting a school visit with the purpose of initiating a "seeing is believing" test to help schools or districts choose a reform model. This guide was developed by the Comprehensive School Reform Quality Center (CSRQ) in cooperation with the AFT. It includes information on selecting evidence-based approaches for school improvement as well as detailed guidance on conducting school visits. The appendices include checklists and sample materials to assist with school visits.
http://www.csrq.org/documents/SeeingImprovement81606_FINAL.pdf

Add it Up: Using Research to Improve Education for Low-income and Minority Students, 2001
This guide from the Poverty & Race Research Action Council explains how low-performing schools can become high-achieving ones, using information from studies of Title I schools. It presents practical ideas from these schools and communities as well as the research base behind their success.
http://www.prrac.org/pubs_aiu.pdf

Comprehensive School Reform: Research-Based Strategies to Achieve High Standards, 2000
This WestEd guidebook from the Region XI Northern California Comprehensive Assistance Center is designed to help schools with successful implementation of comprehensive, schoolwide reform. The guide offers step-by-step explanations and practical tools for school reform processes and approaches.
http://eric.ed.gov:80/ERICWebPortal/contentdelivery/servlet/ERICServlet?accno=ED448505

How to Create and Manage a Decentralized Education System, 1998
In this New American Schools report, Dr. Allen Odden of the University of Wisconsin-Madison explores how a more decentralized school system can support CSR.
http://www.eric.ed.gov/ERICWebPortal/contentdelivery/servlet/ERICServlet?accno=ED450477

How to Create Incentives for Design-Based Schools, 1998
Professor Paul T. Hill of the University of Washington addresses the challenge of attaining widespread support for CSR in schools and districts in this New American Schools report. He also suggests strategies for encouraging support from teachers, administrators, and other key stakeholders.
http://www.eric.ed.gov/ERICWebPortal/contentdelivery/servlet/ERICServlet?accno=ED450481

Sustaining Your Reform: Five Lessons From Research, 2002
In this issue of Benchmarks, the quarterly newsletter of the National Clearinghouse for Comprehensive School Reform (NCCSR), Dr. Jeanne Rose Century and Abigail Jurist Levy identify common themes that arose from a research study on sustaining reform.
http://www.centerforcsri.org/pubs/bench/benchsm02.pdf