California Department of Education
Taking Center Stage – Act II

Recommendations for Success

Focus Area: Organizational Structures and Processes

Each of the California Department of Education's (CDE) 12 Recommendations for Middle Grades Success falls under one of the four focus areas identified by the National Forum to Accelerate Middle Grades Reform: Academic Excellence, Developmental Responsiveness, Social Equity, and Organizational Structures and Processes.

Organizational Structures and Processes is the fourth and last of the four criteria for high performance developed by the National Forum to Accelerate Middle Grades Reform (Outside Source). The School Self-Study and Rating Rubric (DOC; 575KB; 9pp.) is a tool designed by the Schools To Watch™-Taking Center Stage program to help schools analyze their progress toward excellence based on the National Forum’s criteria. Key elements of organizational structures and practices excellence include the following:

  • Shared vision
  • Leadership responsibility
  • Learning as a community norm
  • Professional development
  • Connection to system
  • Self-accountability
  • Will to overcome barriers
  • Connections to colleges/universities
  • Involvement of all stakeholders

Four of the CDE's 12 Recommendations for Middle Grades Success explore the research relating to Organizational Structures and Processes

Recommendations for Success Index

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