ERIC Number: ED262141
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1985
Reference Count: N/A
Curriculum Consolidation in Alternative High Schools, 1983-84. Chapter I/P.S.E.N. Final Evaluation Report.
New York City Board of Education, Brooklyn, NY. Office of Educational Evaluation.
Of the 110 public high schools in New York City, 11 are alternative high schools serving students who have been identified as "high risk," particularly dropouts and potential dropouts, as well as students who would benefit from learning environments and options not offered in comprehensive high schools. In 1984, the Curriculum Consolidation Program was implemented at these schools. To enable staff to review alternative high school curriculum in order to identify exemplary programs, the program coordinator set up an alternative high school conference, interschool informational workshops, and seminars that focused on curriculum and staff development. Staff developed or adapted curricula which encouraged active student participation. The coordinator compiled a curriculum guide containing descriptions of available curricula and distributed it to all alternative schools. While most of the curricula were developed by teachers from a single school, several were products of interschool efforts. All seminar meetings served as a form of staff development. In addition, staff from four schools worked in discrete staff development projects. In its one semester of operation, this project has begun a process that is likely to have an important positive effect on alternative school students. It is recommended that: (1) the curriculum guide be distributed to the traditional high schools; (2) conferences be planned for an entire day to allow adequate time for workshop participation; and (3) a longitudinal study be developed to tally the number of requests for various curricula, assess rates of implementation of the new curricula, and survey qualitative responses of staff and student users. (Author/KH)
Descriptors: Curriculum Development, Dropouts, High Risk Students, High Schools, Nontraditional Education, Potential Dropouts, Program Effectiveness, Program Implementation, Staff Development, Teacher Developed Materials, Teacher Participation, Teacher Role
Office of Educational Assessment, New York City Board of Education, 110 Livingston Street, Brooklyn, NY 11201.
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: New York City Board of Education, Brooklyn, NY. Office of Educational Evaluation.