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ERIC Number: ED461116
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2001
Pages: 120
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: N/A
ISBN: ISBN-0-325-00418-8
Guiding Curriculum Decisions for Middle-Grades Language Arts.
Ciardi, Margaret Russell; Kantrov, Ilene; Goldsmith, Lynn T.
Many questions are on the minds of middle school teachers, principals, and curriculum leaders as they respond to a growing pressure to produce better educated students. Some of the questions are the following: Which language arts curriculum will sustain the interest of middle grades students? How can educators be certain the curriculum meets state standards? and How can educators learn to use these materials? This handbook was designed to guide educators through the language arts curriculum selection process, helping them choose and use curricula that promote high standards of student achievement. Drawing on the expertise of the authors as well as interviews with dozens of practitioners, the handbook presents a framework for decision making, provides an overview of the curriculum decision-making process, and contains detailed information on a variety of language arts curricula and curriculum resources. In the handbook, a set of critical questions for curriculum decision making are posed that corresponds to a framework focused on three priorities: academic rigor, equity, and developmental appropriateness. Vignettes in the handbook, drawn from interviews with practitioners, suggest not only what exemplary curricula look like in action, but also the kinds of professional development that help teachers implement them. Also included are profiles of quality curricula that illustrate the qualities identified in the framework, as well annotations of 40 additional curricula and professional development resources available in print and online. (NKA)
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Publication Type: Books; Guides - Classroom - Teacher
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Practitioners; Teachers
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: Education Development Center, Inc., Newton, MA.