ERIC Number: ED457384
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2001
Reference Count: N/A
Connected Learning Communities: A Toolkit for Reinventing High School.
Almeida, Cheryl, Ed.; Steinberg, Adria, Ed.
This document presents tools and guidelines to help practitioners transform their high schools into institutions facilitating community-connected learning. The approach underpinning the tools and guidelines is based on the following principles: academic rigor and relevance; personalized learning; self-passage to adulthood; and productive learning in workplace and community. The tools and guidelines are organized into seven chapters devoted to the following steps in the reform process: (1) keeping reform on track through benchmarking and action planning (focusing on reform practices and student outcomes); (2) achieving rigor and relevance (conversation starters, the six A's of instructional design, designing for multiple outcomes); (3) personalized learning through small learning communities (focusing on students and student work, creating a collaborative professional culture); (4) extending learning beyond the classroom (enhancing the rigor of work-based learning, connecting classrooms and the world of work); (5) structuring a safe passage to adulthood (committing to student outcomes, competency-based assessment and outcomes); (6) using data to guide reform (using data to guide school-based action planning, evidence-based change in the classroom); and (7) visiting schools that have earned a reputation for having successfully implemented reforms and can thus serve as design studios. An overview of the New American High School Initiative is appended. (MN)
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Academic Standards, Action Research, Admission Criteria, Change Strategies, Competency Based Education, Cooperative Learning, Cooperative Planning, Criterion Referenced Tests, Curriculum Development, Data Collection, Education Work Relationship, Educational Change, Educational Needs, Educational Planning, Educational Practices, Evaluation Criteria, Evaluation Methods, High Schools, Individualized Instruction, Information Utilization, Instructional Design, Instructional Development, Models, Needs Assessment, Organizational Change, Organizational Climate, Outcomes of Education, Performance Based Assessment, Program Evaluation, Relevance (Education), Resource Materials, School Community Relationship, Self Actualization, Self Evaluation (Groups), Strategic Planning, Teaching Guides, Transitional Programs, Work Experience Programs
For full text: http://www.jff.org/pdfs%20and%20downloads/JFF%20COMB%20(fin)%203.16%20.pdf.
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Community; Practitioners
Sponsor: Department of Education, Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Jobs for the Future, Boston, MA.