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Weast, Jerry D. – Principal, 2001
The achievement gap between fortunate and less fortunate young children was the leading motivation for expanding and changing the kindergarten curriculum in Montgomery County (Maryland) Public Schools. The more rigorous, new curriculum became accelerated and literacy-based, focusing on mathematics, reading, art, music, and physical education. (MLH)
Descriptors: Academic Standards, Curriculum Design, Disadvantaged Youth, Educational Quality
Reid, Judy – Principal, 2001
A reading specialist provides tips for developing a student publishing center aimed at improving writing skills and involving students in all publishing operations. Steps include assembling a planning team, considering various models, gaining financial assistance, furnishing the center, gathering needed supplies, and launching the program. (MLH)
Descriptors: Elementary Education, Financial Support, Guidelines, Program Development
Beyer, Barry K; Backes, Judith Dorsch – Principal, 1990
A comprehensive thinking skills scope and sequence plan provides three types of information. It identifies the thinking skills and strategies to be learned throughout the curriculum, locates them in the subject areas where they are to be taught, and arranges them in the proper sequence. This article describes basic principles and guidelines for…
Descriptors: Cognitive Processes, Curriculum Development, Elementary Education, Guidelines
Payne, Larry; Michailides, Mary – Principal, 1998
A group of Edmonton (Alberta) principals developed 10 commandments for developing needed skills for the next millennium. Principals must be goal-directed, light others' way, have high expectations, foster empowerment, provide authentic educational experiences, be team members, value school community differences, encourage others' participation,…
Descriptors: Administrator Responsibility, Change Strategies, Elementary Education, Foreign Countries
Carroll, Thomas G. – Principal, 1997
To help educators create electronic communities, the U.S. Department of Education sponsors Challenge Grants for Technology in Education, designed to stimulate local innovations in using learning technologies. Presently, 43 districts are receiving substantial five-year grants. Partnerships involving schools, hardware manufacturers, software…
Descriptors: Educational Technology, Elementary Education, Federal Aid, Grants
November, Alan C. – Principal, 1996
New technologies are undermining traditional jobs and making workers responsible for creating their own. To prepare students for a high-tech marketplace, educators must reengineer the organizational design of learning. The Mayo Demonstration School of Science and Technology in Tulsa, Oklahoma, is helping students manage their own time, design…
Descriptors: Demonstration Programs, Education Work Relationship, Educational Technology, Elementary Education
Joekel, Ronald G.; And Others – Principal, 1994
Elementary principals can definitely make a difference in children's lives, according to a recent Project Success survey. Interviewees reinforced the characteristics of successful principals identified in NAESP's "Principals for 21st Century Schools." They are modest, visionary, dedicated, hard-working advocates for children who are not…
Descriptors: Administrator Effectiveness, Elementary Education, Leadership Qualities, Principals
Peel, Henry A.; Walker, Bradford L. – Principal, 1994
An ongoing cooperative research project in North Carolina provides some revealing data on principals who have successfully introduced school-based management. The project tracks 26 principals committed to teacher empowerment. The most supportive principals were strongly committed to school improvement, unafraid of risks or open communication lines…
Descriptors: Administrator Characteristics, Change Strategies, College School Cooperation, Communication Skills
Shelton, Maria M. – Principal, 1993
The 1990 Americans with Disabilities Act bars discrimination against handicapped people who are otherwise qualified for a position. To comply, principals should be prepared to identify each job's essential functions, prepare a written description for each job, provide reasonable accommodations, establish job-related qualification standards, and…
Descriptors: Administrator Responsibility, Disabilities, Elementary Secondary Education, Equal Opportunities (Jobs)
Roberts, Caroline; Peck, Roberta – Principal, 1990
In 1989, California launched a statewide child health initiative including components on nutrition, health education, physical education, health services, counseling and psychological services, school safety, health promotion for staff, and parent and community involvement. A sidebar explains what principals can do to improve children's nutrition…
Descriptors: Child Health, Elementary Education, Food Standards, Lunch Programs
Heath, Jay A.; Vik, Phil – Principal, 1994
A recent survey of South Dakota elementary principals confirms the value of student councils to children, their schools, and their communities. The principals surveyed noted that councils provide students with opportunities to exercise leadership in resolving problems, sharing ideas, and managing projects. One common community-service project is…
Descriptors: Altruism, Citizenship Education, Community Services, Educational Benefits
McLaughlin, John M. – Principal, 1994
A private organization (Education Alternative, Inc.) is presently managing nine Baltimore public schools; Christopher Whittle's Edison Project is planning similar public school management projects; a private consulting company (Public Strategies Group) recently took charge of the Minneapolis public schools. Goaded by concerns about accountability…
Descriptors: Accountability, Consultants, Elementary Secondary Education, Privatization
Wise, B. J. – Principal, 1994
Describes a Washington State school's efforts to forego factory-model education for a boldly restructured curriculum dependent on new technologies, such as computer networks, two-year classrooms, ongoing staff development and planning sessions, and an innovative onsite day-care program for staff and students. The school has succeeded in…
Descriptors: Computer Assisted Instruction, Computer Networks, Day Care, Educational Technology