ERIC Number: ED410586
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1997-May-6
Reference Count: N/A
Language Arts Grades 6-12 Program Evaluation, 1996-97.
Wadden, Jerry M.
The Language Arts 6-12 Program of the Des Moines Independent Community School District (Iowa) is directed by its mission statement to provide a quality educational program to a diverse community of students where all are expected to learn. The Language Arts supervisor is responsible for supervising and coordinating all aspects of the middle and high school language arts program, including English, drama, forensics, journalism, media, and speech. Aspects of these programs include curriculum development, instructional material selection and implementation, staff development, evaluation, and human resources. The main activities of the language arts supervisor are being visible and accessible to the middle and high school language arts staff, coordinating curriculum development and implementation, supervising the selection of instructional material, overseeing the evaluation of the program, and assisting human resources in personnel decisions. Staff development of language arts teachers is facilitated by the supervisor. The major influence of technology in language arts is in how the word processor can be used to better teach the writing process and in how computers have revolutionized high school journalism. Students continue to do well on the district objectives-based tests and composition tests. A number of students continue to win awards in language arts. The district must continue to hire, encourage, reward, rejuvenate, support, and enable quality teachers. The one equipment need is for computer stations in language arts classrooms. A language arts technology inventory is attached. (RS)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Des Moines Public Schools, IA. Teaching and Learning Div.