Improved Test Scores, Attitudes, and Behaviors in America's Schools: Supervisors' Success Stories

Improved Test Scores, Attitudes, and Behaviors in America's Schools: Supervisors' Success Stories

Improved Test Scores, Attitudes, and Behaviors in America's Schools: Supervisors' Success Stories

Improved Test Scores, Attitudes, and Behaviors in America's Schools: Supervisors' Success Stories

Synopsis

Education is a profession in which billions of federal dollars have been spent to reduce academic underachievement--particularly for minority children from poverty homes. Few funded programs have reduced failure on standardized achievement tests. Despite either repetition or innovation, most children who fail do not perform substantially better the next time around. On the other hand, practitioners who have used the Dunn and Dunn learning-styles approaches have reported statistically higher standardized achievement test scores among average, poorly achieving, and special education students. This book is based on the practical, diverse experiences of more than thirty different supervisors throughout the United States. Representing a variety of urban and suburban locations with diverse student populations, each supervisor was able to obtain significantly higher standardized achievement test scores for his or her student populations.

Excerpt

Karen Burke and Rita Dunn

Author! Author! Oxford, Mississippi is home to John Grisham, author of more than nine best sellers, including The Firm. Oxford was also the home of Nobel Prize winner William Faulkner and, for 150 years, the site of the University of Mississippi, whose graduate, Greg Iles, is author of the best seller Mortal Fear. the university also draws many authors of note who were born Mississippians--Barry Hannah, Willie Morris, and Larry Brown, for example. With these renowned authors and the Ole Miss Rebels, it is hard to say what Oxford is most famous for. However, during October, college football probably puts Faulkner in the shade.

Travel to Oxford, Mississippi and visit a place and a person that it is not famous for--Oxford Elementary School and its administrator, Dr. Wanda Dean. Schoolmarms of days gone by would probably be appalled if they could see the classrooms in the Oxford Elementary School (OES). Seeing students snacking in class, working in various social groups, listening to portable cassette players, learning through huge kinesthetic floor games, and sitting on classroom floors is not uncommon at this school. Under the leadership of Dr. Wanda Dean, oes has embraced this vision of school change. Finding out more about the Learning-Styles Program at Oxford Elementary began with dinner at the "City Grocery on the Square," a favorite eatery of wordsmiths. Dr. Dean spoke of the delicious shrimp and grits with almost the same enthusiasm as when she explained why learning-styles-based instruction is different from other programs that have come into, and fallen out of favor during the past years. the white cheddar cheese and the paprika seemed to be the key ingredients of the shrimp and grits, but what were the key ingredients of OES's learning-styles program? Wanda Dean enthu-

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