ERIC Number: ED352155
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1992
Reference Count: N/A
It's Elementary! Elementary Grades Task Force Report.
California State Dept. of Education, Sacramento.
This report is intended to assist teachers, administrators, parents, and community leaders in achieving excellence in California's public elementary education. The report is also designed to help teachers and administrators engage elementary school students in a thinking curriculum that immerses students in a rich learning environment that recognizes and celebrates the unique background and experiences each student brings to the classroom. Following an introduction that outlines its purpose, the report is divided into seven chapters, each of which contains recommendations supported by a discussion, excerpts from key writings, and a listing of sources of additional information. The first chapter includes a detailed discussion of current learning theory and its implications for elementary instruction on a subject-by-subject basis. One recommendation is included. The second chapter, which deals with practical strategies for implementing a rigorous curriculum, contains recommendations 2 through 15. Chapter 3 concerns ways to connect classroom teachers to the larger professional issues in elementary education and consists chiefly of recommendations 16 through 20. Ways in which California's new elementary grades assessment program can be used to spur curriculum reform are described in recommendations 21-24 contained in the fourth chapter. The fifth chapter outlines ways to help families and children build emotional bonds to the school as detailed in recommendations 25-29. Students' physical and emotional needs are addressed in the sixth chapter, which presents one recommendation, and the final chapter (ending with recommendations 31 and 32), describes steps that school districts can take to support elementary schools in their quest for self-improvement. (MM)
Descriptors: Critical Thinking, Curriculum Development, Educational Assessment, Educational Environment, Educational Improvement, Educational Theories, Elementary Education, Excellence in Education, Faculty Development, School Community Relationship, Student Needs, Teacher Administrator Relationship, Teaching Methods, Theory Practice Relationship
Bureau of Publications, Sales Unit, California Department of Education, P.O. Box 271, Sacramento, CA 95812-0271 ($5--California residents add sales tax).
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom; Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Administrators; Practitioners; Teachers
Authoring Institution: California State Dept. of Education, Sacramento.