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ERIC Number: ED378262
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1994
Pages: 8
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: N/A
How School Reform and a School/University Partnership Contributed to Curriculum Change.
Karr, Jo Ann; And Others
At Mozart Elementary School, a predominantly Latino pre-kindergarten through grade 8 Professional Development School in Chicago that is linked with Northeastern Illinois University, the upper grades have been transformed in a way that has proven beneficial to the students and the university's teacher candidates. Frustrated with their inability to pool their professional skills and problems, the teachers began a process of innovation that created a middle school within the school, with curriculum changes that include thematic unit projects, interdisciplinary approaches, performance-based assessment with redesigned report cards, and service to the community as part of the curriculum. Five circumstances that made this transformation possible are: (1) teacher dissatisfaction with the status quo; (2) well-informed and up-to-date internal leadership; (3) bureaucratic support for change; (4) funding from the State Board of Education; and (5) university partnership. (SLD)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Illinois (Chicago)