ERIC Number: ED448233
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2000-Oct
Reference Count: N/A
Great Expectations: Reforming Urban High Schools. An Education Forum with Urban Educators and Leaders.
Lewis, Sharon; Baker, Nicole D.; Jepson, Jack; Casserly, Mike; Powell, Linda C.; Barrengos, John R.; Johnson, Judith; Eisner, Caroline, Ed.
This report presents findings from a forum held in 2000 with urban educators representing 15 districts nationwide. The forum, which was facilitated by educational researchers from Columbia University's Teachers College, shared best practices for reforming high poverty urban high schools and reviewed the Department of Education's "Transforming Title I High Schools: Enacting Comprehensive, Standards-Based Reform in Challenging Settings." Ten important results from the discussion included: educational reform does not occur in a vacuum; standards-based reform is complicated in urban high schools by having to meet the many nonacademic needs of diverse students; continuous leadership development is critical to improving urban high schools; practitioners bring diverse experiences to the work of urban high school reform; practitioners must maintain a high level of commitment; a clear vision with high standards is critical; and public attitudes about investing in low-income urban students must be addressed. A list of 21 critical components for successful urban high schools is included (e.g., create an environment for school staff to learn from one another, recognize and address diverse students' needs, recognize and reward exemplary teachers, encourage and foster teacher renewal, build collaborative relationships with teacher unions, and provide adequate funding). (SM)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Office of Elementary and Secondary Education (ED), Washington, DC.; Council of the Great City Schools, Washington, DC.