ERIC Number: ED310891
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1987-Dec
Reference Count: N/A
The North Park Project: Effective Schools/Effective Teachers.
Miller, Lawrence M.
The staff of North Park School, a small urban/suburban primary school (K-3) in Wheeling, West Virginia, made their school more effective by implementing well planned and coordinated changes based on current research. The belief that all students can learn is an important characteristic of an effective school. Therefore, the goal of the North Park Project was a learning climate in which students would achieve, whatever their socioeconomic or ethnic background. Project objectives were: (1) providing a continuous in-service program to familiarize staff with concepts of effective schools/teachers and school management; (2) developing a school plan for parental involvement; (3) increasing learning opportunities for students by using models of direct instruction and time on task; (4) developing an assessment program for basic skills, including rapid feedback systems to check achievement; (5) developing an academic improvement plan covering reading, oral and written communication, and mathematics; and (6) extending training services to staff at other schools. An outline provides practical details of activities undertaken to meet each of these objectives. The report describes previous conditions, remedial actions undertaken, and effects on the structured learning environment, academic feedback, school and teacher expectations, and time as a factor in learning. Appendices include an implementation schedule for other schools to follow, and forms and data related to discipline, attendance, parental involvement, and retentions. (Author/SV)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Department of Education, Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Ohio County Board of Education, Wheeling, WV.