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Re: Curriculum Issues

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BSS (rekcets)
Thu, 27 Mar 1997 21:38:41 -0800

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Patricia J. Miltner wrote:
> This message concerns ongoing communication about Dr.Erickson's thematic
> curriculum, "Our Place in the World."
> The more that I explore Dr.Erickson's curriculum the more ideas surface
> in every facet of interdisciplinary curriculum. In the Omaha Public
> Schools we are involved in the Banneker Project. This program emphasizes
> reinforced and extended curriculum in math and science (named after Benjamin
> Banneker). Our magnet center is developing a center of excellence that
> is to be utilized by other schools in the district. The theme chosen
> was water. As a broad theme, its obvious connections were in science (
> life cycles in regional water sources). Art strategies centered around
> Dr.Erickson's second theme, "Farm Folk, City Folk", enhanced the
> implementation of the theme. Literary connections, such as Langston Hughes'
> "The Negro Speaks of Rivers" helped to develop the theme as spiritual
> meaning as well.(Theme lV Spiritual Worlds). The initial exposure to
> themes through Dr. Erickson's curriculum has enabled me to connect the
> disciplines through these "big ideas". I see her website as a
> springboard for thematic, sequential, interdisciplinary curriculum with a
> human diversity emphasis.
> art is art is art is art is art is art is art is art is art is art is art is
> Pat Miltner
> Dr. Eugene Skinner Magnet Center
> 4304 North 33rd Street, Omaha, Nebraska 68111


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