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Interview with Beverly Moore

Moore, Beverly
Wright, Christina
Date of Interview: 
Moore, Beverly, 1947-; Crowell, Deanie; Duke University; Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools; Columbia School District (Columbia, S.C.); Billingsville Elementary School (Charlotte, N.C.); Irwin Elementary School (Charlotte, N.C.); Open plan schools; Mentally ill children--Education; Teachers; Educational change; Council for Exceptional Children; School management and organization; No Child Left Behind Act of 2001 (United States); North Carolina--Charlotte; North Carolina--Charlotte--Plaza-Midwood; Interviews (Sound recordings); Oral histories
Beverly Moore discusses her experience with behaviorally and emotionally disturbed children, and her connection with the open school program in Charlotte. While Ms. Moore began her career in the Columbia, SC school district, she eventually taught at Irwin Elementary school where she pioneered their first Behaviorally and Emotionally Disturbed (BEH) program. Ms. Moore describes the evolution of the BEH program at Irwin Elementary, and discusses some of the goals and challenges of the program. The transition of the program to Irwin Open Elementary in 1974 is seen by Ms. Moore as significant, since the philosophical underpinnings of open education helped to foster the success of the BEH program, which eventually grew to nine classrooms. Ms. Moore reflects on the characteristics of the open program at Irwin Elementary under principal Deanie Crowell, and concludes by discussing the current challenges for BEH programs.
North Carolina--Charlotte; Georgia; circa 1970 - 1979
Interview Setting: 
Home of Beverly Moore, North Carolina--Charlotte
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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