ERIC Number: ED462562
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1997
Reference Count: N/A
Case Study: Hoke County High School, Raeford, North Carolina.
Southern Regional Education Board, Atlanta, GA.
A determined core of teachers and a dedicated vocational director at Hoke County High School, Raeford, North Carolina, made outstanding progress in raising student achievement despite economic, social, and demographic odds. The project was part of the Southern Regional Education Board's (SREB's) High Schools That Work initiative. The first barrier was building teacher support for change. The English and science departments were restructured to guide students into more challenging courses. Extra help was provided in mathematics. Vocational programs were refocused and redirected with national skill standards as guides. Strategies to make changes were a two-semester school year; block schedule; strengthened guidance; team teaching; staff development; and a teacher exchange program with business and industry. Academic and vocational studies were integrated. Improvement was shown by career-bound students' completion of SREB's recommended curriculum and more youth pursuing further education. Lessons learned were students will meet high expectations with access to new instructional methods and extra help; continuous staff development is necessary to involve staff in school improvement; students learn from community involvement; students who experience success and are interested in what they are learning are more apt to stay in school; and teachers must be actively involved in planning and developing school improvement. (YLB)
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Academic Standards, Block Scheduling, Case Studies, Community Support, Economically Disadvantaged, Education Work Relationship, Educational Change, Educational Improvement, English Instruction, Graduation Requirements, High Schools, Instructional Leadership, Integrated Curriculum, Mathematics Instruction, Professional Continuing Education, Program Improvement, School Business Relationship, School Community Relationship, School Guidance, School Holding Power, Science Instruction, Staff Development, Teacher Administrator Relationship, Teacher Collaboration, Teacher Exchange Programs, Teacher Expectations of Students, Vocational Education
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Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Southern Regional Education Board, Atlanta, GA.