The Sky IS Falling: Language Arts Methods, Technology, and a Cleveland School Facilities Crisis
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Marquez-Zenkov, K. & Harmon, J. (2002). The Sky IS Falling: Language Arts Methods, Technology, and a Cleveland School Facilities Crisis. In D. Willis et al. (Eds.), Proceedings of Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education International Conference 2002 (pp. 1924-1928). Chesapeake, VA: AACE.
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Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education International Conference (SITE) 2002
Nashville, Tennessee, USA
Dee Anna Willis, Jerry Price & Niki Davis
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On October 6, 2000, the roof of the gym at Cleveland's East High School collapsed onto the basketball courts below, injuring no students or staff, but sending a loud message to the Cleveland Municipal School District and the city of Cleveland. In the ensuing months, the Mayor of Cleveland and the District's CEO formed a citizen commission that appealed for public input at multiple forums about what the community would want in its soon-to-be-renovated schools. The city and its district clearly no longer had a choice about addressing the facility needs of its schools: significant investments would need to be made immediately, merely for the physical safety of the students and staff. This session will describe a literacy education professor's and a middle school technology specialist's pedagogical responses to this facilities crisis: this city schooling emergency offered an opportunity to engage language arts teacher candidates in a authentic, multi-disciplinary, performance-based research, writing, design, and presentation language arts methods curricula.
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