ERIC Number: ED375235
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1994
Reference Count: N/A
Can All Children Learn?
Williams, Belinda; Newcombe, Ellen
Research for Better Schools, Inc., Philadelphia (Pennsylvania) is engaged in an effort to put meaning behind the words "all children can learn" by charting guidelines for the work it takes to change urban education. The result is a decision-making strategy, the Urban Learner Framework (ULF), which focuses on the education or teaching and learning requirements of urban students and leads to systemic change in urban school districts. The case study of an urban student illustrates the mismatch between the capabilities the child brought to school and the school's ability to respond. The student had strengths the school failed to support. The ULF is a tool for making connections between the abilities children bring to school and the school's expectations for new learning. The new vision of the urban learner focuses on the following areas: (1) cultural differences; (2) unrecognized abilities and underdeveloped potential; (3) enhancement of ability through motivation and effort; and (4) resilience. The framework should be implemented in the school through curriculum, instruction, assessment, staff development, changes in the school environment, and effective management. Using the ULF requires changes in both attitudes and teaching styles. (Contains 26 references.) (SLD)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Research for Better Schools, Inc., Philadelphia, PA.