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Interview with Linda Bellamy

Bellamy, Linda
Wright, Christina
Date of Interview: 
Bellamy, Linda, 1952-; Irwin Elementary School (Charlotte, N.C.); Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools; English language--Study and teaching--Foreign speakers; Open plan schools; Charter schools; Teachers; Curriculum planning--Study and teaching; Educational tests and measurements; Educational accountability; North Carolina--Charlotte; Interviews (Sound recordings); Oral histories
Linda Bellamy talks about her career at Irwin Elementary and the role that she played in developing the "English as a Second Language" program there. Ms. Bellamy reflects on the challenges she faced in developing this program without special training in the field, and also the challenges she encountered in teaching students who participated in the program. Ms. Bellamy praises Irwin Elementary for its approach to education, and talks about the many components of open education employed within the school. Ms. Bellamy speaks about the benefits of open education, and advocates that the environment created by open education is more conducive to learning than the stressful environment created by high stakes testing. Finally Ms. Bellamy discusses her views on the various problems present in the Charlotte Mecklenburg education system, and suggests options for finding solutions to these problems.
North Carolina--Charlotte; circa 1980 - 1989
Interview Setting: 
Public Library of Charlotte and Mecklenburg County (N.C.), Mint Hill Branch
Oral History, Charlotte Mecklenburg Schools, Open Schools Series
Collection Description: 
These interviews focus on the history and significance of open education in the Charlotte Mecklenburg School System. They were inspired by a school history project at Piedmont Open Middle School in 2004.
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