ERIC Number: ED447437
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1999
Reference Count: N/A
Education Commission of the States, Denver, CO.
This paper provides an overview of the Voyager Expanded Learning programs. Initially begun with hands-on, activity-based learning experiences centered around academic themes designed to pique children's interest and motivate them to learn, Voyager has expanded from elementary after- and summer-school programs to include K-8 programs designed for use during school, after school, between sessions, and summer school. Primary characteristics of Voyager programs include: (1) a restructured classroom that promotes collaborative learning; (2) a redefined role for teachers; (3) objective assessment and evaluation used as a diagnostic tool to facilitate a personalized approach to learning; (4) continuous staff development focusing on standards of authentic instruction; (5) current, research-based curricula that are interdisciplinary, relevant to the real world, discovery-based, and focused on critical thinking; (6) curricula aligned with state standards and targeted to reinforce skills; and (7) programs that develop students' skills in leadership and collaboration. As of June 1999, Voyager summer programs were serving 135,000 students in more than 1,000 districts in 44 states. Sections of the paper discuss background, philosophy and goals, program components, evidence of effectiveness, professional development and support, implementation, costs, considerations, contact information, and policy issues and questions. (SR)
Descriptors: After School Programs, Cooperative Learning, Elementary Education, Instructional Effectiveness, Instructional Materials, Program Content, Program Descriptions, Reading Instruction, Reading Programs, Reading Research, Summer Programs
Education Commission of the States, 707 17th St., #2700, Denver, CO 80202-3427. Tel: 303-299-3600, Web site: http://www.ecs.org.
Publication Type: Information Analyses; Reports - Descriptive
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Authoring Institution: Education Commission of the States, Denver, CO.