ERIC Number: ED509136
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Aug
Abstractor: As Provided
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Detracking for Excellence and Equity
Burris, Carol Corbett; Garrity, Delia T.
Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development
While almost any educator would agree that students deserve access to equal educational opportunities, many schools still sort students based on test scores or other criteria. There's a better way: one built on offering all students access to the best curriculum. In this first-ever practical book that shows how educators can make detracking work, two authors from a large metro district explain how heterogeneous grouping can foster high achievement and diminish racial and socioeconomic gaps. Based on what's worked in actual elementary, middle, and high schools, the book lays out a clear argument against tracking and provides you with proven strategies for launching, sustaining, and monitoring a successful detracking reform, including: (1) A backwards planning model for curriculum design; (2) Guidelines for lesson planning and classroom assessment; (3) Advice for confronting the resistance to detracking; (4) A multiyear, personalized professional development program that helps teachers address new instructional needs; and (5) Beliefs that sustain a detracked school over time.
Descriptors: Curriculum Design, Equal Education, High Achievement, Heterogeneous Grouping, Educational Change, Educational Opportunities, Professional Development, Track System (Education), Metropolitan Areas, Achievement Gap, Lesson Plans, Educational Assessment, Resistance to Change, Beliefs, Change Strategies, Educational Innovation, Educational Strategies, Instructional Development, Guidelines, School Organization, Educational Environment, Curriculum Implementation
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Publication Type: Books; Guides - Classroom - Teacher
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Authoring Institution: Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development