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What makes a school successful?
A UWM research team has studied the characteristics of five highly rated public charter schools to see what made them effective. The team included Paul Haubrich, professor emeritus, and Robert Kattman, former heads of UWM’S Office of Charter Schools; Professor Emeritus William Kritek; Alfonzo Thurman, professor of administrative leadership, and Julie Kremer, former principal.
Haurbrich and Kattman presented the results of the study to the American Society for Quality conference in Houston Texas on Nov. 14, and are planning to submit it for publication. Results are also being incorporated into the administrative leadership class discussions, according to Thurman.
The team concluded that the six main traits the successful schools had in common were:
- high-quality leadership;
- a shared mission including beliefs and values;
- a strong sense of community;
- high academic expectations;
- positive behavior expectations; and, agreed-upon expectations and practices.
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