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ERIC Number: EJ766430
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007-May
Pages: 3
Abstractor: Author
Reference Count: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-0013-1784
Nature Lessons
Irvin, Thomas M.
Educational Leadership, v64 n8 p54-56 May 2007
In 2000, Oil City Elementary School faced collapsing enrollment, a high-risk student population, and a reputation as the place for kids who were not smart enough to attend the nearby academic magnet. The school was slated for closure. But the school had a history of connection to Oil City, a town of 1,500 in western Louisiana, and school staff members committed to keeping it alive. In 2001, they adopted a schoolwide environmental science program and convinced the school board to cast the school as an area-wide magnet. Irvin describes how incorporating three national environmental education programs--Project Learning Tree, Project Wild, and Project WET--into Oil City's curriculum and instruction revitalized the school. Enrollment, achievement scores, and student and teacher pride have all soared. (Contains 2 endnotes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Education; Grade 3; Grade 4; Grade 6; Kindergarten
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Louisiana