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ERIC Number: ED349624
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1991-Apr
Pages: 10
Abstractor: N/A
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ORDIS: Tennessee's One-Room-Drop-In School.
McCullough, K. Owen
The One-Room-Drop-In-School (ORDIS) emerged as one of Tennessee's dropout prevention program innovations. A pilot ORDIS was started in Nashville (Tennessee), in a high density housing project where concentrations of poverty and illiteracy usually exist. A five-bedroom apartment in the housing project was set up as a school. A certified teacher, with lengthy experience in both K-12 curricula and adult basic education, was hired along with an aide. Hours were set as 4:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m., Monday through Friday. ORDIS was made available to everyone, from preschoolers to the oldest residents; to any child who wanted help with homework at any grade level; to anyone who wanted to learn to read or prepare for the General Education Development examination; to anyone who needed English as a Second Language; to those who wanted to be better parents; and to those who just wanted to reacquaint themselves with a place where learning is the principal activity. From its initial opening with 20 children logged in, ORDIS now has a variety of programs offered, including many on weekends, and children of all ages still arrive every afternoon and evening for unscheduled homework help and additional instruction. ORDIS is now an accepted, permanent part of the project environment. (MLF)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
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Language: English
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Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Tennessee