Westridge Elementary School, the state's first year-round school, has stepped into the limelight again - this time participating in the national Restructuring Consortium.
Eighteen schools throughout the country were selected for the consortium sponsored by the Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development.Principal John Bone said the consortium is the most prestigious award offered in restructuring and gives the Provo School District an opportunity to participate with the most innovative schools in the nation.
"We have a few things we can share with them," he said. "We think it will be quite a learning experience. That interchange is a neat thing."
Westridge, 1720 W. 1460 North, was selected from among 800 schools nominated nationwide mainly because the school is perceived as being innovative with the year-round program, career ladders and the district's partnership with Brigham Young University.
Gordon Cawelti, executive director of the Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development, said, "These schools represent the cutting edge of school restructuring in the United States."
Restructuring includes changing the makeup or pattern of school governance, organization or curriculum. Each of the selected schools is engaged in restructuring efforts in one or more area.
The association hopes to develop, implement and evaluate school-based plans for restructuring during the three-year consortium. Each school team will include two teachers, principal, school administrator and a school board member, parent or university representative.
Westridge's team includes two teachers; Bone; Kathy Hughes, Provo School District administrator for curriculum and instruction; and a BYU official involved in the partnership.
Teams from the 18 schools will meet twice a year to share individual lessons and common themes that bring success to students. The first meeting is scheduled for Jan. 19 in Baltimore.
The Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development is the largest professional leadership organization in education with 112,000 members worldwide. It is a non-political organization and its members consist of principals, superintendents, teachers, supervisors, parents and professors.