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ERIC Number: ED413145
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1997-Sep
Pages: 35
Abstractor: N/A
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Leadership for Increasing the Participation and Success of Students in High School Advanced Courses: Implications for Rural Educational Settings.
Alford, Betty
Leadership to reverse rigid tracking practices can make a difference for student success. Through transformational leadership, administrators, teachers, and counselors can serve as catalysts for change from restrictive to inclusive advanced high school classes. Steps are underway by some states and districts to change past grouping practices that have served as restrictive factors for student motivation and success. Interviews were conducted with administrators of six Texas high schools that had been successful in detracking efforts and encouraging greater student participation and success in advanced high school courses. Results indicate that the practices and processes in educational leadership for detracking are vision, clear communication of the policy change, implementation over time, proactive leadership, and celebration of student accomplishments. The primary benefits relative to increasing high school student participation in advanced level courses are that all teachers teach all levels, and more students are preparing for college. Challenges include: helping students recognize their potential; changing educators' past ideas concerning ability grouping; keeping people talking; and helping students with the cost of advanced placement tests. Effective professional development practices in this area are training all faculty in gifted and talented strategies, offering principals professional development opportunities, and making professional development an ongoing process. Contains 64 references. (Author/TD)
Publication Type: Information Analyses; Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Texas