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ERIC Number: ED002725
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1963
Pages: 71
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EQUALITY THROUGH INTEGRATION, A REPORT ON GREENBURGH SCHOOL DISTRICT NUMBER 8.
BUCHHEIMER, ARNOLD; BUCHHEIMER, NAOMI
THE DESEGREGATION AND EVENTUAL TRUE INTEGRATION OF A RACIALLY MIXED SCHOOL DISTRICT IN WESTCHESTER COUNTY, N.Y., WERE TRACED. IN 1951, FOUR PLANS WERE SUBMITTED TO THE BOARD OF EDUCATION, EACH DESIGNED TO ALLEVIATE OVERCROWDING AND PROVIDE FOR DESEGREGATION. THE PLAN ADOPTED WAS THE PRINCETON PLAN, UNDER WHICH EVERY CHILD IN THE DISTRICT WOULD ATTEND KINDERGARTEN THROUGH THIRD GRADE IN THE FORMERLY ALL-NEGRO SCHOOL AND WOULD ATTEND THE "WHITE" SCHOOL FROM GRADES FOUR THROUGH SIX. THE JUNIOR HIGH SCHOOL WOULD BE ATTENDED BY ALL THE STUDENTS IN THE DISTRICT. IN 1957, A STUDY TEAM OF PROFESSORS OF ELEMENTARY EDUCATION FROM NEW YORK UNIVERSITY WAS CALLED IN TO EVALUATE THE PROGRESS BEING MADE BY CHILDREN IN HETEROGENEOUS CLASSES. THE REPORT DESCRIBES AND ANALYZES SOME OF THE POSITIVE CHANGES BASED ON RECOMMENDATIONS OF THE STUDY TEAM. THESE CHANGES INCLUDE--THE USE OF PROJECT ABLE FUNDS TO IMPROVE LANGUAGE SKILLS OF ENTERING KINDERGARTEN STUDENTS, A STAFF CHOSEN FOR ITS COMMITMENT TO INTEGRATION, NEW BIRACIAL INSTRUCTIONAL MATERIALS FOR EVERY GRADE LEVEL, ADDITIONAL INSERVICE TRAINING FOR ALL TEACHERS, A GREATER EMPHASIS ON INDIVIDUALIZATION OF INSTRUCTION IN EACH CLASSROOM, EVALUATION AND REVISION OF THE CURRICULUM, ENCOURAGEMENT OF ACADEMIC EXCELLENCE FOR ALL PUPILS, MORE COMMUNICATION BETWEEN PARENTS AND TEACHER, AND A CONTINUATION OF HETEROGENEOUS GROUPING. OTHER ISSUES DISCUSSED WERE--THE SERVICES PROVIDED BY SPECIALIZED PERSONNEL, THE ATTITUDES OF TEACHERS, ADMINISTRATORS, STUDENTS, AND PARENTS, THE TEACHING METHODS AND PHILOSOPHIES USED, THE STIMULATION OF ACTIVE LEARNING BY GREATER PROVISION FOR THE CULTURAL DIFFERENCES AND OPPORTUNITIES OF CHILDREN IN THE INSTRUCTIONAL PROGRAM, AND THE PROCEDURES THAT GREENBURGH STAFF FEEL ARE TRANSFERABLE TO OTHER SCHOOL SYSTEMS TRYING TO ACHIEVE TRUE INTEGRATION.
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Authoring Institution: B'nai B'rith, New York, NY. Anti-Defamation League.
Identifiers: New York (Hartsdale)