Our research team has been skilled and diligent, first in helping to develop a bevy of data collection instruments, including 19 interview protocols and nine teacher surveys, and then by conducting over 500 interviews in the field and writing up pages of notes to make them suitable for cross-site analysis. We thank Sally Chou, Bonnie Cohn, Maggie Carrillo Mejia, Eleanor Odden, Peter Robertson, John Smithson, Roxane Smyer, and Paula White for their contributions. Kerri Briggs' and Amy Van Kirk's contributions as research assistants and as co-authors of this final technical research report have been significant. They have demonstrated both great skill and diligence.
We also would like to thank all the individuals in district offices and schools whom we interviewed. They welcomed us graciously, spent considerable time with us, and offered special insights into their experiences with school-based management.
Finally, we would like to thank the U.S. Department of Education, Office of Educational Research and Improvement for its support of the Assessment of School-Based Management study. Susan Klein, a senior staff member at OERI and the project officer for the Assessment of School-Based Management study, provided important guidance and oversight throughout the course of this research, and we benefited enormously from ongoing discussions with her.