SEDL's Robin Jarvis Weighs in on Benefits, Challenges of K–8 Instruction in One SchoolAccording to MLive Superintendent Teresa Weatherall Neal says she is proposing more kindergarten through eighth-grade schools for Grand Rapids to ensure students are on target for college and career readiness before high school, and to respond to parent requests. SEDL program director Robin Jarvis weighed in on the topic.
"The model allows you to better align your curriculum and instruction," said Jarvis. "Teachers can work better collaboratively across the full span of a child’s elementary and middle years, which is more challenging when located on two different sites. Families get to stay in the school for a longer period of time, creating community schools and more involved parents."
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