ERIC Number: ED383102
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1994-Dec
Reference Count: N/A
It Doesn't Have To Be This Way: A Handbook on How To Create a Positive Environment in Our Schools.
Mickens, Frank N.
This handbook describes how a New York City high school transformed itself into a model school. Boys and Girls High School is located in Bedford-Stuyvesant, one of the city's toughest neighborhoods. Over the period 1986-94, the school experienced increases in school attendance, the graduation rate, the number of college-bound students, the number of regents-endorsed diplomas, and enrollment. In 15 chapters, the principal describes his philosophy and administrative practices in the following areas: providing effective leadership, building teamwork, providing student incentive programs and in-house academic options, encouraging parent involvement, conducting perimeter patrols and ensuring school safety, creating a positive and orderly environment, managing holidays, preventing student fights, enforcing discipline policies, and strengthening community relations. The principal maintains that students want and need an orderly school environment; this provides the basis for student searches, a dress code, and a strict discipline policy. Effective leadership also means being a visible leader, encouraging parent involvement, and providing student incentives. (LMI)
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Discipline Policy, Incentives, Leadership, Nontraditional Education, Organizational Climate, Principals, School Safety, Secondary Education, Social Control, Student Motivation, Urban Education
Boys and Girls High School, 1700 Fulton Street, Brooklyn, NY 11213 ($10; check payable to Boys and Girls High School).
Publication Type: Books; Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: American Express Co., New York, NY.
Authoring Institution: New York City Board of Education, Bronx, NY.