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School Reform and Student Diversity - September 1995

I. Cross Site Analysis

In Volume II of this series of reports, we present case studies of the eight sites we studied in depth. In our presentation of the cases, we sought to portray outstanding learning environments with sufficient detail to be useful to both practitioners and policymakers. The sample of exemplary schools was not intended to be representative of all schools with LEP students or even of all exemplary schools, but it does illuminate what is possible.

This section of the report analyzes those factors that contribute to the design and implementation of high quality learning environments for LEP students--and for all students at the study schools. We begin by explaining broad lessons we learned during the process of selecting the eight exemplary sites. In Chapter 2, we outline seven lessons drawn from the exemplary sites. Chapter 3 examines the demographic conditions facing the exemplary schools and the ways those conditions influenced the design of each school's language development program. Chapters 4 and 5 isolate key factors in the schools' learning environrnents and key elements of the schools' culture and structure that support these learning environments. The final four chapters look to factors outside the schools and the ways the schools' learning environments were supported externally: Chapter 6 looks at the role of external agencies or partners, Chapter 7 at the role of the district, Chapter 8 at the state role, and finally Chapter 9 examines federal influences on programs at the exemplary schools.

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