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ERIC Number: EJ766932
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2005-Jun
Pages: 6
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-1529-8957
Embracing Reform
Principal Leadership, v5 n10 p4-9 Jun 2005
"Ohana" is the Hawaiian word for family. According to Hawaiian beliefs and values, every individual is expected to know and understand what it means to be a contributing member of the community. Everyone has a duty to use his or her talents and abilities to the benefit of the entire Ohana. Ohana is at the core of life at James Campbell High School in Ewa Beach, Hawaii. Five years ago, Campbell ranked at the bottom of Hawaii's 46 high schools in nearly every accountability indicator. A review of the data for high school accreditation revealed a school where expectations and performance were unacceptably low. The staff decided that for the well-being of students and the long-term economic needs of the community, they had to embrace high school reform. Today, Campbell uses two U.S. Department of Education-approved comprehensive reform models--Talent Development High Schools and High Schools That Work--with support from the Advancement Via Individual Determination (AVID) program, high school redesign coaches, and other consultants. In addition, a Smaller Learning Communities (SLC) project has been established to transform Campbell, which currently serves 2,000 students, into a more personal environment for each student. This article describes how the principal and leadership team, which initially researched and recommended models to the staff, coordinate implementation and program evaluation to sustain the reform.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: High Schools; Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Hawaii