ERIC Number: ED390176
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1996
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The Courage To Change: Stories from Successful School Reform.
Heckman, Paul E.
This book describes the development of individuals and a school that were involved in an action-research effort known as The Educational and Community Change (ECC) Project. Much of the book was written by the teachers and principal at Ochoa Elementary School in South Tucson, Arizona, which implemented the ECC project in 1990. Chapter 1 examines the program goals and preconditions for change, and teachers' expectations and anxieties. Chapter 2 discusses the benefits of teacher dialogue, self-examination, and disclosure. In the third chapter, teachers describe their teaming experiences. The fourth chapter describes the expected and unexpected results of mixing Spanish-dominant and English-dominant children, and the fifth chapter describes outcomes of teaching in multiage/grade classrooms. Chapter 6 discusses the value of creating contextualized units of study that are meaningful to students. Chapters 7 through 10 describe strategies for managing student behavior, developing creativity through indigenous intervention, conducting student assessment, and enhancing parent involvement, respectively. In chapter 11, the principal discusses her role in pioneering a new project and the risks she took that allowed for the possibility of failure. Each contributor summarizes the school's progress, changes, and future direction in the final chapter. (LMI)
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Action Research, Administrator Role, Cooperative Planning, Educational Change, Educational Environment, Educationally Disadvantaged, Elementary Education, Hispanic Americans, Mixed Age Grouping, Student Behavior, Teacher Attitudes, Team Teaching
Corwin Press, Inc., 2455 Teller Road, Thousand Oaks, CA 91320 (e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org).
Publication Type: Books; Reports - Descriptive
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Identifiers: Tucson Public Schools AZ