ERIC Number: ED495350
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2006-Dec-15
Students Are Stakeholders, Too! Including Every Voice in Authentic High School Reform
Holcomb, Edie L.
Based on real events that have yielded positive results for both school culture and student achievement, this inspiring story introduces the students and staff of Knownwell High School and involves you in their journey of school improvement. "Students Are Stakeholders Too!" captures students' uncanny insights in their own words and illustrates how a responsive principal involves all student segments, creates an audience for their ideas and suggestions, and engages their authentic participation with staff in decision making. Using only existing resources, educators can practice real democracy within their school community by inviting students to discuss their interests, needs, and preferences about school matters. This resource outlines eight levels of student participation, provides questions for reflection, and introduces "Content for Consideration" sections drawn from research on high school reform, challenging the beliefs and practices of individual readers and collaborative groups of educators. Edie L. Holcomb provides school leaders with practical strategies for promoting greater interaction between adults and students through every phase of the school improvement process. After the List of Figures, Foreword, Preface, Acknowledgements and About the Author, this book is divided into twenty-two chapters: (1) September, Year 3: Norris Starts at Knownwell High; (2) Puzzles and Premises; (3) September, Year 1: Morris, Mr. Spark and the Table Ten Advisory Group; (4) Students as Stakeholders; (5) October, Year 1: Sentiments on Surveys, Morris on (a) Mission, and Joe Meets Mo; (6) November, Year 1: Morris Does Data; (7) December, Year 1: Morris Minds the C's and R's; (8) January, Year 1: Studying Together; (9) February, Year 1: Mr. Shepley's Epiphany; (10) March, Year 1: Students Define Learning; (11) April, Year 1: It's a Match! (12) May, Year 1: Kick-off Assembly - All Thumbs Up; (13) September, Year 2: Fresh Start, Staff Retreat; (14) October, Year 2: Football Faux Pas, Just Walking Through; (15) November, Year 2: Plans and Portfolios; (16) December, Year 2: Home for the Holidays; (17) January, Year 2: Progress Checks; (18) February, Year 2: Midcourse Corrections and Congratulations; (19) March, Year 2: Advisory Adversity, and Failure to Meet Commitments; (20) April, Year 2: The Stakes Are High; (21) May, Year 2: Morris Graduates; and (22) Norris' Notebook. This book concludes with Epilogues, References and an Index.
Descriptors: Student Participation, School Culture, Democracy, Educational Improvement, High Schools, Administrator Role, Participative Decision Making, Educational Change, Educational Strategies
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Publication Type: Books; Guides - Classroom - Learner
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education; High Schools; Secondary Education
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