ERIC Number: ED431004
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1999-Apr
Reference Count: N/A
Anchorage School District Project EXCELS 1994-97. Final Grant Report. Assessment and Evaluation Report #99-6.
This document describes the final grant report for the Anchorage School District (Alaska) project titled Extending Curricular Effectiveness through Links among Standards (EXCELS). This grant was a demonstration project designed to provide extensive professional development related to national standards. A process was developed for bringing national standards in Geography, History, Civics, and English/Language Arts into elementary-level classrooms across the school district. Targeting all 60 of the district's elementary schools, the project attempted to prepare more than 1,100 teachers to implement standards of excellence in the designated social sciences. In addition to preparing all the teachers to deliver a new curriculum based on national and Alaska standards, the project provided a research-based experience to allow 128 teachers to transform their own approaches to teaching and learning and develop an inquiry-based approach to teaching and learning. The professional development component included graduate-level courses connected to the new curriculum. Overall, the project was successful in offering long-term, sustained professional development that supported high expectations for teachers and students. Information in 12 appendixes includes course proposals and information about the new curriculum. (Contains two figures and three tables.) (SLD)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Department of Education, Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Anchorage School District, AK.