ERIC Number: ED395371
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1996
Reference Count: N/A
A View from the Bottom Up: School-Based Systemic Reform in California. Volume III: Restructuring Ideas for Schools with Limited-English Proficient Students.
Cuevas, Jorge A.; Fontana, Rose Marie Garcia
This volume was intended to stimulate new thinking about how to restructure a school program to effectively educate students whose native language is not English. It favors calling such students "English Language Learners" (ELLs). The document provides specific examples of how some California schools have improved their educational programs for their ELL students. Part 1 includes descriptions of seven strategies that schools with ELL student populations have used in restructuring their educational communities. They include: (1) creating a school-within-a-school; (2) grouping students by language needs; (3) rewriting/integrating the curriculum; (4) teaching students about their community; (5) re-arranging how time is used; (6) teaching in ad hoc teams; and (7) fortifying grade-level teacher teams. Part 2 offers short descriptions of the efforts of three schools with diverse language populations engaged in restructuring strategies, which serve as a starting place for discussing change strategies, tensions in implementation, and varying school and community contexts. The third part briefly describes other restructuring options that involve the restructuring of student experiences; leadership, management, and governance; and the professional lives of teachers. A list of publications and organizations that can offer restructuring assistance is included. (LMI)
Descriptors: Bilingual Education, Change Strategies, Elementary Secondary Education, English (Second Language), Ethnic Groups, Flexible Scheduling, Integrated Curriculum, Limited English Speaking, Professional Development, School Restructuring, Second Language Learning
Students At Risk Program, Far West Laboratory, 730 Harrison Street, San Francisco, CA 94107-1242.
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Policymakers; Administrators; Practitioners
Sponsor: Office of Educational Research and Improvement (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Far West Lab. for Educational Research and Development, San Francisco, CA.
Note: For earlier volumes in this series, see ED 387 931 and ED 387 932.