ERIC Number: ED421559
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1997
Reference Count: N/A
Building on the Best, Learning from What Works. Four Promising Schoolwide Academic Programs.
American Federation of Teachers, Washington, DC.
Four promising programs for raising student achievement are described. All four attempt schoolwide improvement and primarily affect curriculum and pedagogy. Each program has its own strengths and weaknesses, but they all show evidence of: (1) high standards; (2) effectiveness; (3) replicability; and (4) support structures. Success for All, an elementary school program, is a schoolwide restructuring program that affects curriculum pedagogy, scheduling, resource allocation, professional development, and family support services. A clear commitment on the part of administrators and a ballot endorsement by at least 80% of the school staff are required before the school can participate in this program of intensive academic assistance. "High Schools That Work" is a project designed to help states raise the academic achievement of career-bound students. It has historically worked with and through state education departments. The program provides a framework, technical assistance, and a support network to help schools make necessary changes in curricula, scheduling, resource allocation, and professional development. "Direct Instruction" is a highly structured instructional approach designed to accelerate the learning of at-risk students. Although it is primarily an elementary school program, it has been used at secondary, adult, and remedial levels. It is a commercially published program for individual grades and subjects. "Core Knowledge" is a sequence designed to add content to the general skills and objectives typically found in state and local curriculum guides to provide a common core of knowledge in the early grades. For each of these programs, information is provided in the areas of: (1) main features; (2) results; (3) case studies; (4) considerations; and (5) publications and resources. A list of 16 additional reading materials is included. (Contains three references.) (SLD)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: American Federation of Teachers, Washington, DC.