ERIC Number: ED255868
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1985-Mar
Reference Count: 0
Why Change? A Teacher's Perspective.
The creation of a new reading program at a New Jersey elementary school can provide administrators with a lesson in trying to make major changes in schools. A reading specialist presented research from the National Assessment of Educational Progress indicating the need for a different approach to reading instruction, as shown by reduced reading performance among students in the middle elementary grades. During 1981-1982 an innovative reading program was selected, a workshop was held, pilot groups were established, a new program inititated by pilot groups was formed, and a formal proposal for the rest of the classes was written. In the spring of 1982 another workshop led by an experienced reading teacher provided demonstrations and discussion sessions. Literature was used as the core instead of as a supplement to the basal program. Trade books replaced basal readers and workbooks were replaced by group and individual projects related to the books. A newly formed leadership team and the administration provided support, while necessary materials, college courses, and attendance at workshops were funded. Details were worked out for organizing time, keeping records, reporting to parents, covering skills, evaluating materials, selecting classroom libraries, and adjusting the program to the needs of the student body. Although the program is fully operational and considered a success, administrators need to note these things about making a change: (1) trust needs to be established, (2) a need for change must be shown, and (3) a better alternative plan must be presented. (EL)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the National Council of Teachers of English Spring Conference (4th, Houston, TX, March 28-30, 1985).