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ERIC Number: ED363477
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1993
Pages: 10
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: N/A
All the Words in the World.
George, Karlene
This report describes Project Success Enrichment, a language arts program and designated a National Diffusion Network exemplary program that has proven successful with students of all ability levels program that has proven successful with students of all ability levels and cultural backgrounds, including American Indian students. Currently, this program is being used in various forms in 1,600 schools in 35 states and is "culture friendly," in that it encourages students to draw upon their own experiences, literature, and mentors as they combine written, oral, and artistic expression. In 1991, the Gallup-McKinley County School District combined Project Success Enrichment with another nationally validated program, Learning to Read through the Arts, to serve a student population that was 95 percent Navajo. Students had low test scores on the Comprehensive Test of Basic Skills, and over 75 percent were considered low-income. This program successfully used a developmental skills hierarchy to reinforce language arts and reading by combining them with art skills. After 1 year, students' pre- to postevaluations showed a statistically significant improvement. This program was successful because it encourages the use of spatial, kinesthetic, and visual skills that are known to be well-developed in American Indian students. Second, the program approaches the acquisition of grammar, spelling, and other basic skills from the standpoint of language use based on experience. Third, teachers employing this program were highly trained in methodology and strategies. (LP)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A