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ERIC Number: ED497254
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2007-May-18
Pages: 248
Abstractor: ERIC
ISBN: ISBN-9-781-4129-4177-8
Creating Small Schools: A Handbook for Raising Equity and Achievement
French, Dan; Atkinson, Mary; Rugen, Leah
Corwin Press
While current research shows that comprehensive high schools remain the norm, effective small-scale high schools feature lower student-to-teacher ratios, longer instructional blocks, more parent involvement, and increased advisory and student support. The resulting instructional benefits include reduced dropout rates, increased attendance, higher student achievement, and fewer discipline problems. Based on the authors' work at the nationally renowned Center for Collaborative Education, Creating Small Schools presents an A-to-Z guide for developing small school communities that personalize the educational experience for all students, helping them form lasting bonds with faculty and ultimately increasing their chances of going to college. Success for students and schools depends on small class size, unifying vision, autonomy, and accountability. This research-based guidebook offers school leaders: (1) Ways to establish new schools or convert existing ones; (2) Step-by-step instructions for developing a small schools plan; (3) Lessons, case studies, practical tools, advice, and vignettes; (4) Guidance for forging partnerships with district administration and the community. Discover how small schools can effectively reach and motivate underserved learners, and watch as achievement levels rise for all students. Following a preface, acknowledgments and about the authors, this book is divided into two parts. Part I, Creating Small Schools, presents: (1) Introduction: Key Components of Successful Small Schools; (2) Launching Small Schools in a Community; (3) Converting Large Schools to Small; and (4) Building Partnerships to Sustain Small Schools. Part II, Learning and Achievement in Each Small School, concludes with: (5) Teaching, Learning, and Assessment for High Achievement for All Learners; (6) Restructuring the School for Personalization; (7) Building a Culture of Adult Learning and Collaboration; (8) The Practice of a Collaborative Culture; and (9) Conclusion. Also included are references and an index.
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Publication Type: Books; Guides - Classroom - Teacher; Reports - Research
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Audience: Practitioners
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
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