ERIC Number: ED411676
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1997-Jun
Reference Count: N/A
Intercultural Programs Program Evaluation.
Jones, Mary Lynne
The report evaluates the programs of the Des Moines (Iowa) Public Schools' Office of Intercultural Programs' services. The programs are designed to provide educational equity and serve as a resource for students, parents, community, and staff in a variety of areas, including: a voluntary transfer program; paired and magnet schools; extended day kindergarten; English as a Second Language and bilingual education; minority and bilingual community liaisons; multicultural, non-sexist education; cross-cultural awareness training; minority achievement; affirmative action; discrimination compliance; and sexual harassment training. The Office provides leadership, guidance, training, and support to its constituencies; works toward program enhancement and external funding for programs; and has established a partnership with the National Coalition of Advocates for Students. It developed a process for examining the district's desegregation efforts, worked in conjunction with building personnel to provide services for a significant increase in limited-English-proficient students, and provided technical assistance and services to support compliance with anti-discrimination laws and improve complaint processing. Plans include enhancement and expansion of services, changes in the voluntary transfer program, enhanced instructional delivery for LEP students, sexual harassment awareness training for staff and students, and improved accommodation of individuals with disabilities. (MSE)
Descriptors: Affirmative Action, Bilingual Education Programs, Compliance (Legal), Cross Cultural Training, Cultural Awareness, Elementary Secondary Education, English (Second Language), Equal Education, Extended School Day, Kindergarten, Limited English Speaking, Magnet Schools, Minority Groups, Multicultural Education, Outreach Programs, Program Evaluation, Racial Discrimination, School Community Relationship, School Desegregation, School Districts, Second Language Instruction, Sex Fairness, Sexual Harassment, Social Discrimination
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Des Moines Public Schools, IA. Teaching and Learning Div.