ERIC Number: ED404054
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1994
Reference Count: N/A
The Accelerated Schools Project: Pope Elementary School, 1993-94.
Windward Oahu School District, Kailu, HI.
This report describes the first year of implementation of the 5-year Accelerated Schools Project (ASP) at Blanche Pope Elementary School in rural Oahu (Hawaii). ASP trains school staff and community members to transform governance, curriculum, and instruction in schools serving predominantly at-risk and minority, low-achieving students. In contrast to traditional remedial "dumbed down" approaches that cause disadvantaged students to fall further behind their classmates, ASP uses strategies from gifted education to assist all students to reach grade level or beyond in academic achievement. Elements of the ASP model include development of long-term changes through formal collaborative processes of the School-as-a-Whole (SAW); major principles of unity of purpose, empowerment with responsibility, and building on strengths; and small creative experiments by teachers that change the school environment and create powerful learning experiences. In May 1993, the school staff and the school/community-based management council voted to embrace the ASP philosophy. Two individuals who attended ASP training at Stanford University then mentored and trained various school-community role groups in 10 inservice sessions. SAW conducted surveys to take stock of where the school was, formulated a vision, developed priorities for school improvement, and began an inquiry process to clarify school goals and concerns. This report describes 11 SAW meetings and 5 days of inservice training held during 1993-94, lists members of vision and taking-stock committees, lists items from surveys conducted, and describes the Hoike Vision Celebration conducted in May 1994. (SV)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Hawaii State Dept. of Education, Honolulu.
Authoring Institution: Windward Oahu School District, Kailu, HI.