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ERIC Number: EJ762724
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007-Apr
Pages: 4
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-0891-4508
A Matter of Choice
Pierpont, Katherine
Teaching Pre K-8, v37 n7 p34-37 Apr 2007
In 2001, in partnership with the Waterloo, Iowa school system, the R.J. McElroy Trust, Janice Freeburg-Cannon, Tri-County Head Start, Allen Health System, the University of Northern Iowa and the Regents' Center for Early Developmental Education created a special model for early childhood education that would eventually become The Freeburg School. Freeburg offers a one-of-a-kind education plus before-, after- and summer-school programs for 66 students ages three through the second grade, including children with disabilities. From its inception, the framework of Freeburg was designed to provide a constructivist education that involves students with activities that engage interest, stimulate experimentation with the physical world and promote cooperation. Freeburg also fosters a loving and unbiased environment in which children experience and learn the tenets of mutual respect. It is also a place for teachers to free themselves from the constraints of traditional teaching methods. Among the long list of exemplary choices that Freeburg is making is the decision to open its doors to parents, researchers, pre-service and practicing teachers. The school offers frequent professional development workshops on constructivist education (Freeburg's teachers give workshops on evenings, Saturdays and during the summer) and also allows visitors to observe the incredible daily goings-on of its classrooms through one-way mirrors.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Iowa