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Media Advisory

April 12, 2000
TO: Editors, education reporters
FR: Leslie Rice, 410-516-7160, lnr@jhu.edu
or Marc Cutright, 410-516-8810, mcutright@csos.jhu.edu
RE: Hopkins and Howard Sponsor Forum on School Reform

You are invited to attend a presentation titled "Comprehensive School Reform: Research and Development at CRESPAR." from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m, Monday, April 17 in Washington, D.C.

The program will consider the broad issues of the effectiveness and future of whole school reform, particularly that research conducted through CRESPAR-- The Center for Research on the Education of Students Placed at Risk. CRESPAR is a Johns Hopkins University and Howard University center funded by the federal Office of Educational Research and Improvement.

Whole school reform is the purpose of the Obey-Porter Comprehensive School Reform Demonstration, now funding programs in more than 1,800 schools in all 50 states. Success for All, one of the programs cited in Obey-Porter, will be a particular focus of the day.

More than 100 policy makers are currently registered for the forum, which will be held at OERI, 80 F Street NW. So that event planners can make appropriate accommodations, your notice is requested but not required.

Further details on the presentation follow.

Comprehensive School Reform:
Research and Development at CRESPAR

Sponsored by the Office of Educational Research and Improvement
U.S. Department of Education
Journal of Education for Students Placed At Risk

OERI Conference Room 101
80 F Street, NW80 F Street, NW
Washington, DC 20208

Monday, April 17, 2000 | 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

In recent years, a new approach to school reform has come to the fore in American schools. Comprehensive, whole-school, or school-wide reform models have been developed, researched, and disseminated in thousands of schools, affecting millions of children. This movement has been greatly accelerated by the passage of the Obey-Porter Comprehensive School Reform Demonstration (CSRD), which for the first time ever is providing substantial funding to help schools, mostly high-poverty Title I schools, adopt comprehensive programs with evidence of effectiveness. More than 1800 schools have received CSRD funds for this purpose, in all 50 states

Linking federal dollars to evidence of effectiveness has enormous potential to transform America's schools. But what is the evidence? What efforts are under way to develop and evaluate comprehensive reform models?

The focus of the forum is the research and development on comprehensive school reform carried out at the Center for Research on the Education of Students Placed At Risk (CRESPAR), an OERI-funded research center at Howard and Johns Hopkins universities. It will present findings from studies of Success for All, Talent Development Middle and High Schools, and other comprehensive reforms. Presenters will include A. Wade Boykin and Velma LaPoint of Howard, and Robert Slavin and James McPartland of Johns Hopkins.

The occasion for the forum is the recent publication of a double issue of the Journal of Education for Students Placed At Risk (JESPAR), an issue that examines the progress of CRESPAR and considers its directions for the future. That issue and other materials will be given or made available to all in attendance.

Please join us for informal discussions of lessons learned about the problems and potential of comprehensive school reform to transform the education of students placed at risk.

A box lunch will be provided, and attendance is expected to be high. Please call or e-mail us to reserve a place at the symposium.

RSVP on or before April 10, 2000: 410-516-0491 or forum@csos.jhu.edu. Please provide your name and affiliation when responding.

Luncheon & promotional expenses are provided by Luncheon & promotional expenses are provided by Lawrence Erlbaum Associates, Inc., publishers of JESPAR

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