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Author(s):Silva, E
Title:The Benwood plan: A lesson in comprehensive teacher reform
Organization:Education Sector
Short Description:With $5 million from the Chattanooga-based Benwood Foundation and funding from several other local organizations, school and community officials launched an intensive teacher-centered campaign to reform inner-city Chattanooga schools. While financial incentives provided to teachers accounted for some of Benwood's success, a second, equally important teacher-reform strategy: helping teachers improve the quality of their instruction was integral to the success of the project.
Annotation:With $5 million from the Chattanooga-based Benwood Foundation and funding from several other local organizations, school and community officials launched an intensive teacher-centered campaign to reform inner-city Chattanooga schools. While financial incentives provided to teachers accounted for some of Benwood's success, a second, equally important teacher-reform strategy: helping teachers improve the quality of their instruction was integral to the success of the project. A new analysis of "value-added" teacher effectiveness data conducted for this report indicates that over a period of six years, existing teachers in the eight Benwood elementary schools improved steadily. Before the Benwood Initiative kicked off, they were far less effective than their peers elsewhere in the Hamilton County district. By 2006, a group of mostly the same teachers had surpassed the district average.
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Achievement Gap
Elementary School
Evidence-based Interventions/Best Practices
High School
Low-Income Students
Middle School
School Reform
Teaching/Teacher Quality

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