ERIC Number: ED256822
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1984
Reference Count: N/A
Turning the Corner: How to Improve the Secondary School Experience.
Providence Public Schools, RI.
The program model presented in this handbook is directed to urban high schools in crisis. In 1982, Central High School in Providence, Rhode Island, was such a school. Thirty percent of the student body came from low-income families, violence erupted regularly, it was difficult to maintain discipline, academic achievement was consistently below average, and school/parent communication was ineffective. In that year Central High received a Ford Foundation grant to develop a program whose overall goal was to increase student ability to learn and achieve; intermediate goals were to create a positive school atmosphere and to improve the students' image of themselves and of the school. The major vehicle of change was to be a model of school/parent/community collaboration. This manual provides guidelines and procedures for the development of similar programs. The manual opens with graphic representations of (1) the overall program strategy: causes and effects; (2) the program model; and (3) staff organization. The remainder of the manual is divided into four sections dealing with the following major objectives: (1) strengthening parent and community participation; (2) insuring that program activities become an integral part of the school; (3) implementing and disseminating the model; and (4) documenting the process. Accompanying each objective are suggested related activities, a description of what was actually done in Central High, recommended changes, and listings of project materials. (KH)
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Ford Foundation, New York, NY.
Authoring Institution: Providence Public Schools, RI.
Identifiers - Location: Rhode Island (Providence)