ERIC Number: ED423351
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1998
Reference Count: N/A
The New Urban High School: A Practitioner's Guide.
Big Picture Co., Cambridge, MA.
In October 1996, the Big Picture Company set out to find six urban high schools that use school-to-work strategies as a lever for whole-school reform. In the schools finally selected for the New Urban High Schools Project, and in others examined for the study, "school-to-work" is a misnomer, because the majority of students are entering postsecondary institutions at a rate of about 80%. For the majority of students, school-to-work promises better college preparation than college prep programs. This guide consists of hands-on, adaptable tools to help practitioners provide students with rigorous project-based learning experiences in the school, workplace, and community. Drawn from the work of the New Urban High School Project, the guide also tells the stories of the six chosen schools. The design principles that these schools exemplify may be summarized as: (1) personalization; (2) adult world immersion; (3) contexts for reflection; (4) intellectual mission; (5) community partnership; and (6) teacher as designer. The practitioner materials are organized into sections on "Connecting Activities,""Work-Based Learning and Mentoring," and "Activities for Educators." A glossary is included. In addition to the 6 works cited, 26 print resources for further information are listed, along with 4 video/film resources. (SLD)
Descriptors: College Preparation, Education Work Relationship, Educational Change, Educational Environment, High School Students, High Schools, Partnerships in Education, Teaching Methods, Transitional Programs, Urban Schools, Vocational Education
Standard Modern Fulfillment Center, The Big Picture, P.O. Box 4971, Brockton, MA 02303-4971; toll-free telephone: 800-742-4123; fax: 508-584-4566 ($25 plus $5 shipping and handling; www.bigpicture.org).
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Vocational and Adult Education (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Big Picture Co., Cambridge, MA.