ERIC Number: ED425524
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1998-Apr
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The Michigan Multiage Continuous Progress Model, Michigan Department of Education.
Fox, Cheryl L.
In 1993, the Michigan legislature passed a bill that allowed school districts to adopt early elementary school program initiatives. These initiatives established nongraded, continuous progress programs for grades 1 through 4. An overview of how the state coordinator helped school districts implement this multiage, nongraded model is presented in this paper. Implementation entailed the creation of a three-part technical assistance model, which included a series of workshops that provide an overview of the multiage/nongraded classroom model. Implementation also focused on needs assessment for those interested in this model and helped those who were interested to develop a plan of action. Efforts to offer more professional development opportunities for teachers, administrators, and parents, and the organization of a national conference on multiage education are described. Some of the highlights include critical attributes of the Michigan Multiage Continuous Progress Model; the positive influence on the advancement of multiage education in Michigan, such as instructional leadership, funding, teacher beliefs, and parent/community involvement; and negative consequences of multiage education, such as the need for professional development funding and more planning time. Appended is a copy of Michigan's grant guidelines for establishing nongraded continuous-progress programs for students. (RJM)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Identifiers - Location: Michigan