ERIC Number: ED462561
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2000
Reference Count: N/A
Case Study: Gilmer County High School, Glenville, W. Va.
Southern Regional Education Board, Atlanta, GA.
A group of dedicated teachers in Gilmer County High School, Glenville, West Virginia (WV), worked with school administrators to make far-reaching changes to prepare all students for further study and the workplace. With their experiences from High Schools That Work workshops and help from a WV Department of Education representative, educators began a process to write a plan that would focus on higher achievement for all students. To improve student achievement, school leaders raised graduation requirements; replaced the general track by designing a challenging curriculum; developed programs of study; allowed eighth graders to take algebra; prepared teachers to raise classroom expectations through applied learning strategies; upgraded technology; switched to block scheduling; and provided professional development. Further plans were to improve the mathematics curriculum; train teachers to get students to write across the curriculum; raise standards in all English classes; provide workshops for high school teachers and career center teachers to develop joint assignments; improve guidance to middle grade students; and follow up graduates. The state, school district, and the Southern Regional Education Board supported Gilmer County's efforts. (YLB)
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Academic Standards, Block Scheduling, Case Studies, Classroom Techniques, Community Support, Education Work Relationship, Educational Change, Educational Improvement, Graduation Requirements, High Schools, Instructional Leadership, Mathematics Instruction, Program Improvement, School Guidance, Staff Development, Teacher Administrator Relationship, Teacher Collaboration, Vocational Education, Writing Across the Curriculum
Southern Regional Education Board, Publication Orders Department, 592 10th St. NW, Atlanta, GA 30318-5790 (00V41, $1). Tel: 404-875-9211, ext. 236; Fax: 404-872-1477; Web site: http://www.sreb.org/. For full text: http://www.sreb.org/programs/hstw/publications/case_studi es/Gilmer_County.pdf.
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: DeWitt Wallace/Reader's Digest Fund, Pleasantville, NY.; Office of Educational Research and Improvement (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Southern Regional Education Board, Atlanta, GA.