ERIC Number: ED330588
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1989
Reference Count: N/A
Passing the Torch: A Model School-Community Project.
Gallagher, Arlene F.; Robinson, Donald
During the 1988-89 school year, a Bicentennial Model Site Program was conducted by the American Bar Association's Special Committee on Youth Education for Citizenship. This program was designed to improve students' understanding of the U.S. Constitution and the Bill of Rights by forging partnerships between schools and communities at the local level, and to develop effective program models that could be replicated in schools nationwide. One of the school-community projects conducted under the Model Site Program was in Easthampton, Massachusetts. The specific objective of the Easthampton project was to make use of one of the community's most valuable human resources--senior citizens--in elementary, middle, and high school classrooms. This handbook highlights the Easthampton project and is designed to help others develop similar school-community projects. In preparation for the project, teachers attended an in-service course on law related education (LRE) teaching strategies and on making effective use of resource people. Both seniors and teachers later participated in a 1-day institute to focus on the past half-century and to plan grade-appropriate lessons. To assist them, Professor Donald Robinson from Smith College delivered an address entitled "The U.S. in Retrospect: 1939-1989," excerpts from which are included in this document. A wide range of teaching strategies and resources based on the lessons developed by senior citizens and teachers for the Easthampton project also are included, as is an annotated list of publications related to the 1939-1989 period. (DB)
Descriptors: Citizenship Education, Citizenship Responsibility, Community Responsibility, Curriculum Development, Elementary Secondary Education, Law Related Education, Older Adults, Resource Materials, School Community Programs, School Community Relationship, Social Studies, Teaching Methods, United States History
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Educational Research and Improvement (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: American Bar Association, Chicago, IL. Special Committee on Youth Education for Citizenship.
Identifiers: Bill of Rights; United States Constitution