ERIC Number: ED463356
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2001-Dec
Reference Count: N/A
J C Nalle Elementary School, Washington, D.C. Schools on the Move: Stories of Urban Schools Engaged in Inclusive Journeys of Change.
Ferguson, Phil; Blumberg, Richard
This paper describes one urban school in the midst of change and renewal. J C Nalle Elementary School, Washington, DC, is a full-service community school that supports children and families. It is one of 85 schools with which the National Institute for Urban School Improvement is involved in partnerships for change. It is located in an impoverished neighborhood. Nalle's principal aggressively pursues a school improvement agenda that draws on the resources and talents of all school and community members. The school has a pediatric nurse, visiting registered nurse, social worker, psychologist, and parent coordinator. Health services are available to students, and health screening, education, information, and referrals are available to families. Enrichment opportunities are available to children and families (e.g., trips to the theater). Developing corporate and community partnerships is a priority. These partnerships go beyond financial support and include employee volunteerism and community enrichment activities for students. Nalle's special education students are included within the school. Teacher Assistance Teams use a proactive process to evaluate and support each child referred to special education. The paper describes the systemic change framework that helps schools like Nalle organize their work and design, implement, and monitor their plans. (SM)
Descriptors: Community Schools, Educational Change, Educational Improvement, Elementary Education, Family Programs, Family School Relationship, Instructional Leadership, Partnerships in Education, Poverty, School Community Relationship, Special Education, Urban Schools
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Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Special Education Programs (ED/OSERS), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Education Development Center, Newton, MA. National Inst. for Urban School Improvement.
Identifiers - Location: District of Columbia