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ERIC Number: ED512423
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2006-May
Pages: 40
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 20
ISBN: ISBN-0-8984-3451-3
Transforming High School Teaching and Learning: A District-Wide Design
Wurtzel, Judy
Aspen Institute
Significant improvements in student learning require real change at the heart of instruction: the interaction of students and teachers around the content to be learned. This paper suggests a set of design specifications for strengthening this interaction of student, teacher and content and increasing student performance across a school district. These designs have six components. The first two focus on what the job of effective high school teaching looks like and on getting and keeping teachers who can do this job. They offer a new teacher "job description" that places accountability for results and the use and refinement of effective practices at the core of teaching and also suggest approaches for recruiting and retaining high school teachers who have the will and capacity to embrace this job description and increase student learning. The next four components describe an infrastructure for improving high school instruction that is consistent with this new job description, that provides the concrete supports needed to help new and veteran teachers know what and how to teach effectively, that enables teachers to elicit higher performance from their students, and that rests on a teacher-based system for continuously improving results. Most of the ideas here are not new. Some school districts and states have implemented elements. However, this paper attempts to lay out a fairly comprehensive picture of high school instructional reform and to push the conversation about high school instructional improvement into some new territory. A list of the 2005 Workshop Participants is appended. (Contains 2 diagrams and 3 notes.)
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Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: High Schools
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: Carnegie Corporation of New York; Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation; William and Flora Hewlett Foundation
Authoring Institution: Aspen Institute