ERIC Number: ED048410
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1970-Jun
Reference Count: 0
"Open Door," New York City.
Thackray, John; And Others
The "Open Door" Program began in Spring 1968 at PS 123 and in Fall 1968 at PS 84, and has been expanded in these schools in the 1969-70 school year. It seeks, within the large urban school, to set up a flexible and intimate learning environment, to provide greater continuity between grade levels, and to enrich the curriculum so that children have a chance to relate to more things and people. The teacher's role is seen as supporting and extending these experiences. A "corridor" can be effectively considered a unit apart from the school and so a "small school" within a big school. Classrooms, from pre-school through second, opening from such a corridor are the program's unit. By opening the doors, enriching equipment in classroom and corridor, and encouraging movement through the corridor between the classrooms and movement into the corridor, a continuity program, one grade from another even from pre-school, could be established--thus meshing with the actual progress of the child. The program proposes to continue the enriched environment and individualized teacher-child relationship of Head Start, and to show that Head Start gains can be maintained. The program also seeks to create a model for student teachers of individual and small group teaching in the midst of multiple activities. (Author/JM)
Descriptors: Classroom Design, Corridors, Curriculum Enrichment, Elementary School Curriculum, Elementary Schools, Enrichment Activities, Flexible Facilities, Flexible Schedules, Individualized Instruction, Open Plan Schools, Preschool Education, Program Descriptions, Program Evaluation, School Organization, Student Teacher Relationship, Urban Schools
Center for Urban Education, 105 Madison Ave., New York, N.Y. 10016 ($1.50)
Publication Type: N/A
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Center for Urban Education, New York, NY. Program Reference Service.
Identifiers: New York (New York)