ERIC Number: ED331852
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1991-Apr
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Implementing Accelerated Schools in New Orleans: The Satellite Center Project as an Agent of Change.
Miron, Louis F.; And Others
An overview is provided of the Accelerated Schools Project (ASP) as implemented in one urban elementary school in New Orleans, emphasizing the role of the University of New Orleans Satellite Center. The present student population of the school studied is 405 students in grades pre-kindergarten through six. The ASP is a non-traditional strategy for raising the academic performance of at-risk/educationally-disadvantaged students. Developed by H. M. Levin of Stanford University (California) in 1986, the project relies on the creation of cooperative learning activities that manifest high expectations and high status for every student in participating schools. The project is linked to high parental involvement, school-based management, innovative uses of community resources, and development of a cooperative decision-making mechanism. The Satellite Center, a recipient of technical support from Stanford University, selected the school for the pilot test and provided training for teachers in the selected school. Model implementation is planned for four phases: (1) establishing the baseline; (2) developing a vision of the school after 6 years; (3) comparing the vision and the baseline; and (4) identifying priority needs and beginning to work on them. Evaluation at the end of the first phase of intervention (the decision process) established the necessity for good leaders and the importance of the Satellite Center as a change agent. Three appendices present documents related to the school selection process and the implementation of the project. (SLD)
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Change Agents, College School Cooperation, Cooperative Learning, Educational Change, Educationally Disadvantaged, Elementary Education, Elementary School Students, Elementary Schools, High Risk Students, Parent Participation, Participative Decision Making, Pilot Projects, Program Implementation, School Based Management, Universities, Urban Schools
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Identifiers: Accelerated Schools Movement; New Orleans Public Schools LA; Satellite Learning Center Project
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (Chicago, IL, April 3-7, 1991).