ERIC Number: ED391928
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1996
Increasing Rigor and Relevance: The School Board Connection.
California School Boards Association, West Sacramento.
Academic-vocational integration has been identified as a national strategy ensuring that students learn a rigorous course of study in a context that supports learning through application. Four key concepts surround the definition of curriculum integration developed by the Curriculum Committee of the California School Boards Association's project: a coordinated system; enhanced academic and technical education; promotion of an understanding and application of knowledge and skills; and preparation of all students for lifelong learning and success in their life's work. Boards and superintendents must take five steps as they begin the consideration of curriculum integration: develop an awareness of the concept of curriculum integration and the potential it has for strengthening the instructional program and student learning; consider various strategies a district might use to integrate the academic and vocational/technical curriculum; understand the 10 essential elements needed in a school district to make the concept of integration successful; assess the board's commitment to the concept, the district's current activity in the area of curriculum integration, and its capacity to move toward this concept; and use the leverage points available to the board to set a course of action for the district. Specific board actions are outlined for each leverage point. School board leadership is essential to forging a major change in the delivery of instruction. (A glossary of terms is appended.) (YLB)
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Department of Education, Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: California School Boards Association, West Sacramento.
Note: For a related document, see CE 070 812.