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ERIC Number: EJ1179641
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2018-May
Pages: 4
Abstractor: ERIC
ISSN: ISSN-1540-8000
Ten Principles for Changing a High School's Trajectory
Wood-Garnett, Stephanie; Greene-Bryant, Betty
State Education Standard, v18 n2 p33-36 May 2018
Not much that state boards of education will undertake is harder than transforming low-performing high schools. Yet what they do is pivotal. State board members should keep 10 key principles in mind when they are working to transform low-performing high schools. These 10 key principles are presented in this article: (1) The school is the unit of change; (2) Leadership matters most; (3) Strong leadership teams are essential; (4) Effective high schools offer the coursework and experiences to prepare students for their futures; (5) Effective schools set ambitious goals for underserved and underprepared students; (6) Faculty in effective schools that serve large numbers of low-income and diverse students are well prepared and supported; (7) Effective schools create a safety net for students within their walls; (8) Effective high schools embrace a culture of continuous improvement; (9) Improving high schools join networks of schools; and (10) Students are actively, authentically involved in schools' efforts to improve.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: High Schools
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Language: English
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