Best Practices and Effective Schools

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  • Since the identification of “effective-school correlates” (clear school mission, high expectations for success, instructional leadership, frequent monitoring of student progress, opportunity to learn and student time on task, safe and orderly environment, and home-school relations) in 1979 by the Harvard researcher Ron Edmonds, much research has been conducted on what are the best practices that contribute to effective schools. Among these best practices are a positive school climate and strong leadership, which support teacher behaviors such as planning, classroom management, and instruction. These teacher behaviors, in turn, promote student success, involvement, and appropriate coverage of necessary content. The result of these best practices is improved student achievement.

    Research indicates that a positive school climate can be created through an emphasis on academics, an order ly environment, ...

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