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ERIC Number: ED141816
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1977-Mar
Pages: 14
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Eureka! CATS (Center for Alternative Teaching Strategies) Really Works: A Model for a Pre-Service, Inservice Teacher Center.
Silverman, N. Paul
The Center for Alternative Teaching Strategies (CATS) is a teaching center funded under the Elementary and Secondary Education Act, Title IV-C, for the elementary and secondary staff of the Oak Park, Michigan, school district; preservice education students from local universities frequently participate, as well. The project was developed to help teachers experience strategies for interdisciplinary teaching in the arts and the humanities. Throughout the year, presenters offer teachers a series of thematic workshops, which deal with a wide range of topics; these have included environmental studies, values clarification, creative problem solving, dance/movement activities, and popular culture. A typical workshop offers a general overview, an introduction of teaching strategies, demonstration work with students, a question and discussion period, and presentation of in-depth approaches that stress application of the strategies to different disciplines. Supportive classroom services involve the provision of resources and materials for the topics presented, and supportive classroom visits from the center's staff. CATS is perceived as a highly successful program that has developed and sustained a climate for change and that has introduced a wide variety of alternative interdisciplinary teaching strategies. (GW)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: Elementary and Secondary Education Act Title IV C