ERIC Number: ED463357
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2001-Dec
Reference Count: N/A
Kepner Middle School, Denver, CO. Schools on the Move: Stories of Urban Schools Engaged in Inclusive Journeys of Change.
Ferguson, Dianne; Meyer, Gwen
This paper describes the experiences of Kepner Middle School in urban Colorado as it participates in the School on the Move initiative to make fundamental changes in its teaching and learning. Kepner is one of 85 schools with which the National Institute for Urban School Improvement is involved in partnerships for change. Kepner is located in a low-income, language minority neighborhood. It is experiencing a challenging transition period, with changes in leadership and staff. Because the school has a large majority of English as a Second Language students, Kepner must not only teach English but also ensure that students continue learning important content and concepts in their native languages. Most of Kepner's special education students are included in general education classes. Kepner's students take elective/exploratory classes, and after-school activities are available through partnerships and other linkages with the community. The culture of work has changed for teachers as the new principal seeks teacher input and participation. Kepner is focusing on mental health issues via a new mental health team. It also offers a program of academic tutoring, with teachers receiving extra pay (via a grant) for participating, and it promotes improved linkages with families and other community members. (SM)
Descriptors: Educational Change, Educational Improvement, Elementary Secondary Education, English (Second Language), Hispanic American Students, Mental Health, 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: Colorado