The School Improvement Resource Hub is designed to provide educators with access to tools that can be adopted or adapted to support locally-driven school improvement efforts. Additional guidance is provided to (1) describe potential ways to use each tool, (2) outline strategies for getting started with each tool, and (3) share background information on the individual tools.
Given the importance of cultural responsiveness in each of the five sections of the resource hub, tools that address this topic are integrated into each of the sections of the School Improvement Resource Hub. To make it easier to identify these resources, the tools from each section of the resource hub that address cultural responsiveness are available on this webpage.
This Resource Hub is organized by the "5Essentials for School Improvement," a research-based framework for school improvement developed by the University of Chicago's Consortium on School Research. The framework is an outgrowth of a nearly decade-long study of school improvement in Chicago Public Schools. Informed by this large body of evidence, the University of Chicago's Consortium on School Research published a report, "The Essential Supports for School Improvement" in 2006, and a book, "Organizing Schools for Improvement: Lessons from Chicago" in 2010 (Sebring, et al., 2006; Bryk, et al., 2010). Both the report and book illustrate the five essential supports for school improvement and the empirical evidence linking each support to growth in school and student-level outcomes. To learn more about this research, please visit the University of Chicago's Consortium on School Research's website.
The "5Essentials for School Improvement" framework is anchored in the belief that effective leadership is a "catalyst" for school improvement and thus it is the first essential support. The school leader is responsible for fostering an environment in which the other four essential supports (i.e., collaborative teachers, involved families, supportive environment, and ambitious instruction) can flourish. Although each of the essential supports is independently important, they have the greatest potential for impact when they are integrated effectively. Each of the essential supports will be described at greater length in their respective sections of the School Improvement Resource Hub.