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Desler, Gail – Voices from the Middle, 2009
The Change Writers project was born in the Title I schools of Elk Grove, California, when Gail Desler, a technology integration specialist, became motivated to open up the district's mandated "Open Court" curriculum to better serve intermediate-grade students. Through writing, technology, and imagination, a larger conversation was…
Descriptors: Technology Integration, Educational Technology, Academic Achievement, Disadvantaged Schools
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McGinnis, Theresa – Voices from the Middle, 2006
A Los Angeles County middle school filled with students who bring a wide range of talents, languages, and cultures serves as the context for McGinnis's reflections on her teaching of multicultural literature through a critical pedagogy lens. With the realization that her teaching can transform students' lives, she focuses on building an atmosphere…
Descriptors: Literature, Multicultural Education, Critical Theory, Reflective Teaching
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Jago, Carol – Voices from the Middle, 2002
Argues there is a problem with how California local school boards and district administration interpret curriculum and instruction in terms of their role in the evaluation of schools, teachers, and students. Notes that the California Teachers Association proposed legislation that would allow teachers to negotiate their role in decision-making…
Descriptors: Administrator Role, Curriculum Development, Decision Making, Elementary Secondary Education