ERIC Number: ED395905
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1996-Feb
Reference Count: N/A
Reaccreditation Self-Study: A Tool for Curricula Improvement.
Kohl, Patrice LeBlance; Gomez, Vivian
A reaccreditation self-study project was conducted at St. Jerome Catholic School in Ft. Lauderdale (Florida). The school's 325 students come from a predominantly blue collar, ethnically and racially diverse community. The curriculum provides a solid academic background of core subjects, special subjects, and extracurricular activities. The project was developed collaboratively by a school principal and a consultant in order to facilitate the use of the self-study as a tool for curriculum improvement. A detailed chronology describes the content and structure of teacher workshops held prior to and during the project. A preliminary evaluation revealed that teachers agreed the workshops provided new knowledge, reaffirmed their existing knowledge base, and gave them opportunities to discuss the practice and application of knowledge. Through the workshops and other methods of collegial support teachers were able to share their knowledge, problems, and new ideas with their colleagues. They also found their students' learning to be more interactive as a result of application of practices learned in the workshops. Finally, several characteristics that promoted the use of the reaccreditation self-study as a tool for curriculum improvement are identified: a systemic view of the process, incorporating effective staff development techniques into the workshops, and a school culture that supports innovation. (Contains 16 references.) (ND)
Descriptors: Academic Standards, Accreditation (Institutions), Catholic Schools, Curriculum Development, Elementary Education, Elementary School Teachers, Elementary Schools, Evaluation Methods, Faculty Development, Instructional Improvement, Principals, School Culture, Self Evaluation (Groups), Teacher Improvement, Teacher Workshops, Teaching Methods
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Florida (Fort Lauderdale)
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Association of Teacher Educators (St. Louis, MO, February 24-28, 1996).