The School Development Program is a systemic strategy for improving students' academic achievement and social functioning. It was developed by Dr. James Comer in 1968 and is currently being used by more than 65 school districts across the United States.
Components of the School Development Plan include the following: a school planning and management team composed of parents, teachers, and administrators; a mental health (or student services) team that focuses on prevention and crisis intervention; and a parents' program to increase parent involvement in the school.
The school planning and management team is responsible for developing a comprehensive school plan to improve academics and school climate. Professional development helps teachers achieve these goals. Periodic assessment is done to determine new needs and strategies.
The guiding principles of the School Development Plan include the following:
For more information, refer to the School Development Program home page.