ERIC Number: ED481279
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2002-Mar
Learning Outside the Lines: Six Innovative Programs That Reach Youth.
Jobs for the Future, Boston, MA.; Kellogg Foundation, Battle Creek, MI.
Six programs are profiled that garner both deep engagement and high achievement from young people. All build upon fundamental needs of adolescent life: to register positive impact upon the world, to feel respected and connected, and to construct one's own narrative. A community action initiative at a high school in Texas' Rio Grande Valley is dedicated to helping poor Mexican American students get a college education and then return home to help the community develop. A nonprofit organization helps disadvantaged New York City high school students develop technical filmmaking skills and media literacy while nurturing their idealism, intellectual development, and commitment to social activism. A small high school in Chicago, Illinois, focuses on good teaching, student choice, small-group instruction, interdisciplinary instruction, and high expectations of students. An Arkansas project uses civil rights strategies and exposure to the culture of their communities to encourage Black secondary students to take algebra, long considered a gatekeeper course to advanced placement courses and college admittance. A 7-week summer program in Boston teaches secondary school students how to create a sustainable metropolitan food system; bridge communities divided by race, class, and physical distance; and address critical environmental and social issues. A Providence, Rhode Island, high school focuses on workplace internships and independent projects tailored to students' interests. Small classes, detailed multidimensional examination of fewer topics, and real world projects and internships boost students faith in themselves, altering attitudes and work habits. (TD)
Descriptors: Active Learning, Demonstration Programs, Disadvantaged Youth, Educational Environment, Educational Innovation, Educational Practices, Experiential Learning, High Schools, Secondary Education, Secondary School Students, Social Action, Student Motivation, Youth Programs
For full text: http://www.wkkf.org/Pubs/YouthED/Pub3728.pdf/.
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Jobs for the Future, Boston, MA.; Kellogg Foundation, Battle Creek, MI.
Note: Produced in conjunction with "What Kids Can Do".