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ERIC Number: ED557980
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2013
Pages: 20
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
Opportunity by Design: New High School Models for Student Success. Carnegie Challenge
Hamilton, Leah; Mackinnon, Anne
Carnegie Corporation of New York
The goal of Carnegie "Challenge" papers is to lift up ideas and issues in a way that elevates them to the nation's agenda. This paper is a "Challenge" paper, and serves as a call to realize the full power of the Common Core by redesigning and reshaping schools to support teachers and maximize key resources, rather than implementing partial solutions. The implementation of the Common Core is an unprecedented chance to "do school differently" for greater impact. While progress at the state level has been significant, we must also seize this opportunity to redesign schools to enable personalized learning. This means fundamentally reshaping the use of human capacity, technology, time, and money to provide both recuperative and accelerative opportunities for all students. Initiatives designed to strengthen teaching, whether through improved curriculum, excellent professional development, or hiring well-prepared teacher candidates, will be tremendously important to standards implementation, but they cannot possibly meet the demand to raise student achievement to Common Core levels unless they are part of more far-reaching changes in school design. This paper discusses Carnegie Corporation of New York's commitment to catalyze district-based new school design work, using 10 design principles that reflect the research base, capture the input of successful school leaders and educators, and explore the potential of emerging practices. The initiative--Opportunity by Design--will lead to the creation of new schools, the development of district capacity to engage in school creation independent of the institute, and the articulation of principles to guide other districts and states in reorienting their assets to develop, support, and sustain innovative new designs that meet the needs of all of their students. This substantial cohort of rigorously designed new schools will provide crucial opportunities to draw on emerging knowledge about learning science, student resiliency, personalization, and other important areas to build even better and more effective school models. [This paper contains a technical appendix and endnotes.]
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Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: High Schools; Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: Carnegie Corporation of New York
Identifiers - Location: New York