Making schools work : James Comer on the comer process

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  • James Comer, M.D., M.P.H., has spent decades promoting a focus on child development as a way of improving schools. In this interview, he and Hedrick Smith analyze the Comer Process, a school- and system-wide psychosocial intervention grounded in conflict mitigation, behavior modeling, power-sharing, and all-around involvement of teachers, parents, students, and other stakeholders. "Our program focuses on the socially interactive aspects of development so that children learn how to manage themselves in a whole variety of situations," says Dr. Comer.


  • Encoded with permission for digital streaming by Films Media Group on Apr. 07, 2006.
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  • Comer Process Changes School Climate (3:28) -- Comer Process Focuses on Social and Academic Needs (3:24) -- Intervention Plan Keeps Child's Needs as the Priority (3:22) -- Behavior Modeling for Students (1:29) -- Comer Process Deals with Clashes between Ethnic Groups (2:03) -- Educating Holistically (5:16) -- Comer Process Helps Angry Children (2:43) -- Parents and Power-Sharing in the Comer Process (3:39) -- Measuring Success in Comer Schools (4:53) -- Measuring Success in Comer Schools (1:59) -- Principal Serves as Facilitator (3:27) -- Comer Facilitators (4:12) -- Schools Reform Themselves at Different Rates (3:16) -- Federal Legislation on School Reform (4:11) -- Educators Must Focus First on Child Development (2:02)
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