The Case Study in Chapter 7, “Building Capacity Through Collaboration” (pp.260-264), examines a project to create and evaluate a comprehensive, rigorous, and coherent curricular and instructional school program. Read the case study and respond to the two questions below:
Essay. The stated goals for this program were the attainment of knowledge and skills needed for both (a) instructional improvement and (b) improved administration. For which of these two goals do you think the programs was more successful? Explain why.
Essay. This was a highly successful program. Offer a suggestion for making it even more successful and explain how.
Essay. Provide 3 suggestions from this chapter on how teachers can strike a balance between prescribed content (from district or state guidelines/frameworks) and content/activities that meet the needs of the learner as advocated by your author. Suggest reasons and/or ideas for implementation.
Essay. List at least two barriers to teacher empowerment in our schools today. Describe two strategies that teachers could employ to overcome this disempowerment.
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