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Using the Parallel Curriculum Model in Urban Settings, Grades K-8

by Sandra N. Kaplan, Irene Guzman and Carol Ann Tomlinson Corwin Press
Pub Date:
10/2009
ISBN:
9781412972192
Format:
Pbk 128 pages
Price:
AU$75.00 NZ$78.26
Product Status: Not Our Publication - we no longer distribute
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Teachers in urban schools often find that their students have learning needs that go beyond a standards-based curriculum. Originally developed for gifted learners, the Parallel Curriculum Model is highly effective for helping students of all backgrounds reach new levels of achievement. This book presents a high-quality curriculum that builds key learning skills for academic success for students of diverse cultural and socioeconomic backgrounds.

Easily taught alongside a regular curriculum for Grades K–8, this hands-on resource focuses on student potential in four areas: as scholars, active classroom participants, self-advocates, and articulate presenters. Educators will learn how to forge connections between standard curriculum content and the personal traits that students need to thrive in school and beyond.

Readers will find:
An enriched, multidisciplinary curriculum for developing resiliency, self-motivation, and collaboration skills in urban youth
Sixteen field-tested and ready-to-use lesson plans and related reproducibles
Thought-provoking questions and interactive exercises that promote critical and creative thinking and classroom discussion
Mentor your students in developing lifelong skills for learning and success through a holistic approach that challenges and inspires.

''My experience teaching the lessons to students helped me understand the importance of self-reflection. The students were able to reflect on their own abilities in learning. Defining who you are as a learner is informative and empowering.''
—Robert Grubb, Teacher
Los Angeles City Unified School District, CA

''Teaching students how to be 'lifelong learners' can be realized by helping them develop a sense of responsibility for their learning. These lessons provide that opportunity for students.''
—Paige A. McGinty, Doctoral Student in Teacher Education, Multicultural Societies
University of Southern California

Preface: Bridging the Gap Acknowledgments About the Authors Introduction: The Purposes of the Parallel Curriculum Model Multiple Applications and the Parallel Curriculum Model Flexibility of the Parallel Curriculum Model Structure of the Parallel

My experience teaching the lessons to students helped me understand the importance of self-reflection. The students were able to reflect on their own abilities in learning. The opportunity to define themselves as learners is informative and empowering. Robert Grubb, Teacher 'Teaching students how to be 'lifelong learners' can be realized by helping them develop a sense of responsibility for their learning. These lessons provide that opportunity for students.' Paige A. McGinty, Doctoral Student in Teacher Education, Multicultural Societies
Sandra N. Kaplan has been a teacher and administrator of gifted programs in an urban school district in California. Currently, she is clinical professor in learning and instruction at the University of Southern California s Rossier School of Education. She has authored articles and books on the nature and scope of differenti ¡ated curriculum for gifted students. Her primary area of concern is modifying the core and differentiated curriculum to meet the needs of inner-city, urban, gifted learners. She is a past president of the California Association for the Gifted (CAG) and the National Asso ¡ciation for Gifted Children (NAGC). She has been nationally recognized for her con ¡tributions to gifted education. Irene Guzman has been teaching in the Santa Unified School District for 14 years. She is currently teaching third grade at Heninger Elementary School. She has dedicated her efforts to differentiate the curriculum for gifted English language learners. She has worked closely with teachers to improve support for the specific needs of gifted students in the urban setting. Guzman has worked under the USC Javits Grant as a mentor and a coach. She has also been a demonstration teacher and presenter at the California Association for the Gifted Conference and the USC summer institutes. Carol Ann Tomlinson s career as an educator includes 21 years as a public school teacher. She taught in high school, preschool, and middle school, and worked with heterogeneous classes as well as special classes for students identified as gifted and students with learning difficulties. Her public school career also included 12 years as a program administrator of special services for advanced and struggling learners. She was Virginia s Teacher of the Year in 1974. She is professor of educational leadership, foundations, and pol ¡icy at the University of Virginia s Curry School of Education; a researcher for the National Research Center on the Gifted and Talented; a codirec ¡tor of the University of Virginia s Summer Institute on Academic Diversity; and president of the National Association for Gifted Children. Special interests through ¡out her career have included curriculum and instruction for advanced learners and struggling learners, effective instruction in heterogeneous settings, and bridging the fields of general education and gifted education. She is author of over 100 articles, book chapters, books, and other professional development materials, including How to Differentiate Instruction in Mixed-Ability Classrooms, The Differentiated Classroom: Responding to the Needs of All Learners, Leadership for Differentiated Schools and Classrooms, the facilitator s guide for the video staff development sets called Differentiating Instruction, and At Work in the Differentiated Classroom, as well as a professional inquiry kit on differentiation. She works throughout the United States and abroad with teachers whose goal is to develop more responsive heterogeneous classrooms.