ERIC Number: ED349663
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1992-Sep
Reference Count: N/A
A Public-Private Partnership: South Pointe Elementary School, Miami, Florida.
Peeler, Thomas H.
Education Alternatives, Inc. (EAI), a private educational company, and Dade County (Florida) Public Schools signed a 5-year contract stipulating that EAI would manage the classroom activities at the South Pointe Elementary School. The staff would implement EAI's "Tesseract Way" educational programs. The term "tesseract" comes from a children's book ("A Wrinkle in Time" by Madeline L'Engle in which she writes about children who take a fantasy trip through a "tesseract," a fifth-dimensional corridor for traveling to exciting new worlds) and is the trademark for all EAI schools. This assessment focuses on whether the school appears to be offering an alternative form of schooling that addresses the following major issues of restructuring: (1) changes in the core technology of the teaching and learning process, including the roles of teachers and students; (2) changes in the occupational situation of educators, including school structure, conditions of work, and decision making about rules, policies, and customs; and (3) changes in the distribution of power between schools and their clients and in the institution's responsiveness in empowering parents, students, and community members. Each section contains educational principles drawn from research by the leading educational reformers, and each principle is compared to the programs being implemented at South Pointe. Appendices contain two questionnaires with response totals: an EAI Teacher Survey responded to by 46 staff members, and a Tesseract Quality of Service Survey responded to by 249 parents. Order forms for SouthEastern Regional Vision for Education products and services are appended. (Contains 54 references.) (MLH)
Descriptors: Cooperative Learning, Educational Assessment, Educational Quality, Elementary Education, Instructional Innovation, Parent School Relationship, Professional Autonomy, School Business Relationship, School Restructuring, Teacher Student Relationship
Southeastern Regional Vision for Education (SERVE), 345 South Magnolia Drive, Suite D-23, Tallahassee, FL 32301-2950 (free).
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Educational Research and Improvement (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Southeastern Regional Vision for Education (SERVE), Tallahassee, FL.
Identifiers: Dade County Public Schools FL; Empowerment; Partnerships in Education; Tesseract Way