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ERIC Number: EJ1016768
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2013-May
Pages: 7
Abstractor: ERIC
ISSN: ISSN-1529-8957
Fossil Ridge School Intermediate: Restructure the Culture--Transform the School
Principal Leadership, v13 n9 p32-38 May 2013
Ask a room full of sixth and seventh graders at Fossil Ridge Intermediate School in St. George, UT, to name their favorite part of the day and the answer is, in unison, always the same: REAL (respect, explore, achieve, lead) Time. This 35-minute block embedded into the school's schedule three days each week provides immediate, specific intervention to identified students who require extra time or more individual assistance in meeting a particular standard or criteria. Students are required to attend specific interventions with other students who are deficient in the same concepts. Students who demonstrate competency for that particular week are given the choice of a variety of other classes designed to provide extra learning opportunities during the REAL Time block. REAL Time is an outgrowth of work that began under the leadership of Principal Robert (Bob) Sonju. This article describes how at the close of his first full year as principal (2009-10) at Fossil Ridge, Sonju, supported by a number of staff members who were ready for a radical change in how they were doing business, were convinced that there had to be a better way to reach many of the under-performing and underserved students at the school.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Grade 6; Grade 7; Intermediate Grades
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Utah
Grant or Contract Numbers: N/A