The Sky IS Falling: Language Arts Methods, Technology, and a Cleveland School Facilities Crisis
Kristien Marquez-Zenkov, Cleveland State University, United States ; James Harmon, Lincoln-West High School, United States
Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education International Conference, in Nashville, Tennessee, USA ISBN 978-1-880094-44-0 Publisher: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE), Chesapeake, VA
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.
Marquez-Zenkov, K. & Harmon, J. (2002). The Sky IS Falling: Language Arts Methods, Technology, and a Cleveland School Facilities Crisis. In D. Willis, J. Price & N. Davis (Eds.), Proceedings of SITE 2002--Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education International Conference (pp. 1924-1928). Nashville, Tennessee, USA: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE).