Facilitating School Improvement Programmes in British Columbia Schools
The School Improvement Grants Programme was established in British Columbia in 2001. Seven high-poverty, low-achieving schools were awarded $25,000 each for planning and implementing projects to raise literacy and numeracy skills. At the end of the first cycle of projects in 2004, significant effects were obtained in teacher learning, staff collaboration, teacher professional development, and parental involvement. However, student outcomes did not improve significantly. This paper analyzes the reasons for these findings and makes recommendations for teachers, administrators and policy-makers when planning for future school improvement initiatives.
Keywords: School Improvement, School Effectiveness, Action Research
Dr. Helen Raptis
Assistant Professor, Department of Curriculum and Instruction, Faculty of Education, University of Victoria