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ERIC Number: ED405084
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1996-Mar
Pages: 17
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Restructuring for Student Success.
Robinson, Helen; And Others
In 1991, East Ward Elementary School (Texas) exemplified a dilemma in traditional instruction approaches, namely, that teachers working ever harder using traditional approaches were still not preparing the diverse student population to live in a highly technological, fast-paced world. The staff then engaged in research into the concepts of mixed-age/nongraded grouping, continuous progress, interdisciplinary curriculum, and alternative assessment to improve instruction at East Ward. All materials reviewed and all site visits indicated positive results academically and socially for students in nongraded environments. As a result of this research, the Total Learning Community, a nongraded primary program, was implemented at East Ward in the 1992-1993 school year. The program has eight components: (1) non-graded classrooms; (2) vertical teaming, or classrooms including families and wide-ranges of age and experience; (3) early intervention--an all-day pre-kindergarten program, based on the belief that the preschool years are critical for proper development; (4) interdisciplinary curriculum--with a focus on connecting curriculum to life; (5) alternative assessment--based on mastery of interim growth stages and outcome objectives; (6) inclusion--providing for the needs of individual learners; (7) parental involvement--aimed at renewing parental interest; and (8) a positive classroom climate. All assessment measures indicate accelerated growth for students in the Total Learning Community, and especially for students who stay in the program for at least 2 years. Contains 13 references. (WJC)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Language: English
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