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Delivering the Promise of Education

Native Times, Dr. Dean Chavers Posted: Mar 09, 2009

The compelling story of how failing Chugach School District in Alaska was reconstructed and revived in the mid nineties is being shared through "Delivering on the Promise," a book that is now available on newsstands, reports the Native Times. Richard A. Delorenzo, Wendy J. Battino, Rick M. Schreiber, and Barbara Gaddy Carrio, a trio deemed the most successful team in the history of Indian education, wrote about how they won the prestigious 2002 Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award. The team of education reformers acknowledge they knew their schools were failing; they had only sent one student to college in the last 20 years. Noting some students learn faster than others, the educators changed curriculum from "measuring time to measuring learning". Why pretend all students can learn a subject in the same amount of time, they posed? Chugach School District reinvented curriculum entirely by expanding units covered in classrooms to go beyond the knowledge high school students are expected to have. Now, most of their students graduate and go on to college.






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