Developing Successful K-8 Schools

Developing Successful K-8 Schools
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Artikel-Nr:
9781452273174
Veröffentl:
2009
Einband:
EPUB
Seiten:
152
Autor:
Jon W. Wiles
eBook Typ:
Adobe Digital Editions
eBook Format:
EPUB
Kopierschutz:
Adobe DRM [Hard-DRM]
Sprache:
Englisch
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Offers practical strategies and a step-by-step plan for developing or transitioning to a K–8 school, including methods for curriculum design, student assessment, and more.

"The return to K–8 schools is an opportunity to step back, be purposeful and thoughtful, and plan for what we want for young persons in our schools. This book provides the vision and the tools we need to plan and build something better in Grades K–8."
—Heather MacTaggart, Executive Director
Classroom Connections, Ontario, Canada

A how-to guide for developing or transitioning to a K–8 school!


The K–8 model for school design has gained popularity with educators and parents for demonstrating higher student achievement, fewer behavioral problems, and increased cost effectiveness. This comprehensive guide provides school leaders with the tools to develop and implement a sound plan for creating an exemplary K-8 school or transitioning successfully to the K–8 approach.


Developing Successful K–8 Schools offers strategies for designing curriculum aligned to state standards, promoting 21st-century skills, planning instruction, and evaluating an effective K–8 program. Readers will also find:



  • Ten proven instructional methods for meeting the learning needs of K–8 students, plus examples that illustrate how to apply the strategies and deal with problems that might arise

  • Student assessment techniques and record-keeping procedures

  • Implementation tools such as checklists, activity charts, and much more!


This resource is ideal for school leaders who want to articulate a clear vision for a K–8 school and stay on the cutting edge of educational excellence and student achievement.

List of Figures

Preface

Acknowledgments

About the Author

1. Here Comes the K-8 School

Origins of the New K-8 School

Rationale for Changing the School Design

Bedrock Beliefs About Educating Children

An Initial Look at the New K-8 Program We Need

Some Issues Associated With K-8 Education

Questions for Study Groups

Summary

Notes

2. Using Standards to Define K-8 Programs

Origin of Standards

National Standards for K-8 Education

Subject Matter Standards in K-8 Schools

Extending Standards in K-8 Schools

Learning Targets for Standards-Based School

Managing Standards-Based Programs

Nurturing Intellectual Competence

Transfer of Knowledge

Questions for Study Groups

Summary

Notes

3. Using Skills to Create the Seamless Curriculum

Two Conceptions of Ends

The Curriculum Design Tasks

What Kind of Skills Should be Taught?

Sample Tasks for Each Learner

Collaborative Emphasis

A Final Word About the Subjects

Questions for Study Groups

Summary

Notes

4. New Instructional Patterns for the K-8 School

General Design

Organization Patterns

Modifying Standards-Based Curriculum

New Uses of School Buildings

New Deployment of Teachers

New Ways of Assessing Students

New Patterns for Involving Parents

Questions for Study Groups

Summary

Notes

5. A Return on Investment

Parents

Students

Teachers

Administrators

Questions for Study Groups

Summary

Notes

6. Implementing the K-8 Program

The Unfolding Process

Prerequisite Conditions

Acquiring Resources

Assessment

Putting It All Together

Questions for Study Groups

Summary

Notes

7. Validating Progress

Concept Development

Mission Statements

Curriculum Design

Instructional Features

Teachers

Parents

Facilities and Transportation

Technology

Resource A. Summary of K-8 Research Findings

Resource B. Standards Organizations

Resource C. Instructional Resource Sites on the Internet

Resource D. Teaching Through the Internet

Resource E. Glossary

References

Index

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