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School Development Program, Child Study Center, School of Medicine, Yale University, records

 Collection
Call Number: RU 1111

Scope and Contents

The collection comprises the records of the School Development Program (SDP) which document the efforts of child psychiatrist Dr. James P. Comer and his colleagues at the Yale Child Study Center to research and reform low-achieving schools in New Haven and around the country and overseas. The records consist primarily of training handouts and guides, research reports, and audiovisual recordings.

The records are arranged into administrative files, training and professional development program files, research and evaluation files, and audiovisual materials. The records include a very limited amount of material of any type concerning SDP before 1990. The administrative files contain materials that concern SDP generally including a number of strategic plans and the program’s newsletter from 1991 to 1998. The training and professional development program files concern the wide variety of national and local initiatives to train educators and schools in the program’s developmental approach to change for low-achieving schools. These files consist mostly of training handouts, but also contain a smaller amount of guides for trainers and planning and evaluation materials from individual schools and districts. The research and evaluation files consist primarily of school climate survey reports and other reports concerning the internal review of program methods and implementation by SDP research staff and the external review of SDP by outside groups, largely for funding purposes. The school climate reports summarize survey data from the students, parents, and staff of SDP schools about the general tone of the school and the quality of the relationships among the students and adults in the school building. The audiovisual materials consist of video recordings, and a few audio recordings, of SDP training workshops, meetings, and speeches, but also include a smaller number of video training material produced by SDP and its collaborators.

Dates

  • 1967-2012

Creator

Language of Materials

The material is in English.

Conditions Governing Access

Access to the collection is restricted. See collection contents for details.

Some records in this finding aid have been redacted, as they include student names, donor names, and other restricted data. These records will not appear in the published finding aid.

Conditions Governing Use

Copyright for materials authored or otherwise produced as official business of Yale University is retained by Yale University. Copyright status for other collection materials is unknown. Transmission or reproduction of materials protected by U.S. Copyright Law (Title 17, U.S.C.) beyond that allowed by fair use requires the written permission of the copyright owners. Works not in the public domain cannot be commercially exploited without permission of the copyright owners. Responsibility for any use rests exclusively with the user.

Copies of commercially produced audiovisual materials contained in this collection cannot be made for researcher use outside of the repository.

Arrangement

The collection is arranged in four series: I. Administrative files, 1967-2002. II. Training and professional development programs, 1973-2008. III. Research and evaluation, 1969-2003. IV. Audiovisual materials, 1983-2000.

Extent

43.85 Linear Feet (248 boxes)

Catalog Record

A record for this collection is available in Orbis, the Yale University Library catalog

Persistent URL

http://hdl.handle.net/10079/fa/mssa.ru.1111

Overview

The collection comprises the records of the School Development Program (SDP) which document the efforts of child psychiatrist Dr. James P. Comer and his colleagues at the Yale Child Study Center to research and reform low-achieving schools in New Haven and around the country and overseas. The records consist primarily of training handouts and guides, research reports, and audiovisual recordings.

Biographical / Historical

The School Development Program (SDP) was a K-12 education reform program developed by child psychiatrist Dr. James P. Comer and his colleagues at the Yale Child Study Center in collaboration with the New Haven public schools. First introduced into two New Haven schools in 1968, this research-based program has been implemented in hundreds of schools across the United States and overseas. Grounded in the principles of child, adolescent, and adult development, SDP has worked with educators, parents, and students in individual schools and entire school districts to promote reform in low-achieving schools.

Custodial History

Transferred from the School Development Program, Child Study Center, School of Medicine, 2010.

General

Forms part of Yale Record Group 27-E (YRG 27-E), Records of departments, offices, programs, and projects of the Yale School of Medicine.
Title
Guide to the School Development Program, Child Study Center, School of Medicine, Yale University, Records
Status
Edited Full Draft
Author
compiled by Sahr Conway-Lanz
Date
May 2012
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description note
Finding aid written in English.

Part of the Manuscripts and Archives Repository

Contact:
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