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Child by child : the Comer process for change in education
Comer, James P.
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New York : Teachers College Press, [1999]

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xxvii, 305 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm
Prologue. Child by child : the Comer Process for change in education / James P. Comer -- Pt. 1. Improving children's lives / Michael Ben-Avie. No-fault and accountability / Michael Ben-Avie ... [et al.] -- My grandma and me / Michelle Tyson -- Chicago scenes / Vivian V. Loseth ... [et al.] -- Success speaks many languages / Fred Hernández -- Shared ownership : parents as partners in education / Jeffie Frazier -- Preregistered for success : the Comer/Zigler Initiative / Barbara M. Stern and Matia Finn-Stevenson -- Why I will succeed and why I must not fail / Erwin John and Iman Jameelah -- I can fly / Christine Emmons, Belinda Carberry, and members of the Isadore Wexler School community -- Making a good school better / Norris M. Haynes, Cheryl McKenzie-Cook, and Wendy Piggot -- Pt. 2. Professional development and consultation : bringing the program on home / Jonathon H. Gillette. It takes a whole person : professional development in the Yale School Development Program / Jonathon H. Gillette -- The Comer facilitator in action / Jan Stocklinski ... [et al.] -- Charting a course for student success : university, school community, and foundation partnerships / Alison J. Harmon, Sherrie B. Joseph, and Wilhelmina S. Quick -- A day I will never forget / Jerrett Claitt -- Making a personal commitment / Vivian V. Loseth ... [et al.] -- Pt. 3. Learning, teaching, and development in SDP school communities / Valerie Maholmes. Learning, teaching, and development in the Comer classroom / Valerie Maholmes -- The Developmental Pathways Study Group / David A. Squires, J. Patrick Howley, and Richard K. Gahr -- And we're both in the same class / Liznell Carter and Makhosazana Ndlovu -- A balanced curriculum : standards and assessments for high performance / David A. Squires and Angelique Arrington --Getting the most from students : effort and the student-teacher relationship / Fay E. Brown and Darren W. Woodruff -- At first, I aspired to be a garbage man / Kenan Smith ... [et al.] -- Development : prerequisite for learning / Joanne Corbin -- When we all work together, everything is possible / Jerry D. Weast ... [et al.] -- Epilogue. To ask the best of children, we must ask the best of ourselves / Edward T. Joyner.
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In this new book, the editors from the best-selling volume Rallying the Whole Village (1996), move beyond theory to present powerful, day-to-day experiences of change in school communities. Community members, business leaders, school board members, superintendents, principals, teachers, and parents across the country share their experiences as they have tried to create school communities in which all adults help young people develop and learn. The professional development activities described in this book will help prepare preservice and in-service teachers, administrators, and parents to do the kind of collaborative diagnostic and problem-solving work that has been so successful in transforming schools across the country.

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With student development as its core principle, the Comer process for change in education is in use in more and more US schools. Comer, associate dean of the Yale School of Medicine, created what he called the School Development Program (SDP) and described it thoroughly in his Rallying the Whole Village (1996). The present book gives parents, teachers, administrators, and students who are using SDP an opportunity to extol the program's virtues and tout the successes that are accruing to them and their communities. Representing the School Planning and Management Team, the Parent Team, and the Student and Staff Support Team, and working from three broad principles of consensus, collaboration, and no-fault, the numerous authors in the individual chapters explain philosophy, methods, techniques, assessment, and outcomes. They conclude that achievement goes up, kids feel cared for, professionals believe they are doing important work and are making a difference. Best read as a companion piece to Comer's 1996 Rallying the Whole Village, this volume is an uplifting book, restoring the reader's faith in the ability of people collectively to improve schools, particularly those in inner cities and labeled as substandard. Recommended at all levels. W. L. McKinney; University of Rhode Island