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School Reform and Student Diversity - September 1995

Table 6

Case Study Research Area #3:
Role of Research-based Information at the Elementary Grades

AREA OF RESEARCH DEL NORTE HOLLIBROOK LINDA VISTA INTER-AMERICAN
Restructuring Research informed the movement towards site-based management as well as the school's exploration of alternative assessment. The school involvement in Accelerated Schools was initiated after a former principal read an article by Dr. Henry Levin. The school's emphasis on parent involvement was also informed by research. Research and interaction with researchers significantly impacted the development of the schoolwide assessment system based on standards. In addition, the governance structure relies on an inclusive committee process that was informed by research. Strategies to allow all students access to the curriculum were informed by research. The school's extensive use of portfolio assessment was initiated and developed as a result of research-based information.
Curriculum and Instruction The following approaches/ strategies were implemented as a result of research-based information: Whole Language, Cooperative Learning, Writer's Workshop, Accelerated Reading, previewing, math across the curriculum, the use of manipulatives, and the focus on critical thinking skills. The following approaches/ strategies were implemented as a result of research-based information: Continuum classes, Writer's Workshop, Reader's Workshop, Cooperative Learning, and Accelerated Schools' enrichment philosophy. The following approaches/ strategies were implemented as a result of research-based information: the integration of technology into the curriculum, the implementation of a literature-based language arts curriculum, and the use of Cooperative Learning. The following approaches/ strategies were implemented as a result of research-based information: Thematic instruction, Whole Language, Writer's Workshop, Cooperative Learning.
Language Acquisition Research informed their decision to develop students' literacy in Spanish and to allow adequate time for English language acquisition.
Research on language acquisition and bilingual teaching informed their program. Inter-American staff drew heavily on research on additive bilingualism and biliteracy.

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