Designing New American Schools

Baseline Observations on Nine Design Teams

by Susan J. Bodilly, Susanna W. Purnell, Kimberly Ramsey, Christina Smith


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This report describes the initial efforts of the New American Schools Development Corporation (NASDC), a private, nonprofit corporation created as part of the America 2000 initiatives to fund the development of new designs for American schools. The report describes the initial NASDC efforts and compares and contrasts the nine designs and their demonstration strategies. It addresses several questions: (1) What are the principal elements of the designs and how do the designs compare and contrast on these elements; (2) what approaches are being used to develop the designs; (3) what factors might affect the teams' ability to demonstrate their designs in the next phase; and (4) what are the implications of these differences for the next and following phases.

Table of Contents

  • Chapter One


  • Chapter Two

    NASDC's Purpose and History

  • Chapter Three

    RAND's Purpose and Approach

  • Chapter Four

    Designs and Their Characteristics

  • Chapter Five

    Development Strategies and Processes

  • Chapter Six

    Design Team Readiness

  • Chapter Seven

    The Choice of Demonstration Sites

  • Chapter Eight


  • Appendix A

    Descriptions of Designs

  • Appendix B

    Description of the Sites

  • References

The research was supported by NASDC. The study was conducted under the auspices of the Institute on Education and Training of the Domestic Research Division of RAND.

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