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ERIC Number: EJ767849
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2006-Dec
Pages: 4
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 3
ISSN: ISSN-1529-8957
The New 3 Rs: Relationship, Relationship, Relationship
Lamperes, Bill
Principal Leadership, v7 n4 p36-39 Dec 2006
TOP High School (Transitional Option in Peoria) has just completed its first year of operation. The vision of TOP is to become one of the best schools of hope and opportunity in the nation. The staff recognizes there is no such designation, so the vision statement is designed to capture the imagination and attention of students, parents, administrators, and the community. The operative words of the vision are "hope" and "opportunity." As the district's alternative program for grades 6-12, the school's job is to renew students' sense of hope for their potential to achieve and succeed in the academic setting. The intent is to convince parents that after years of struggling with obstinate teens, there is hope. Their children can and will change if learning and schooling are presented in a positive way. The TOP program achieves this goal by matching students' individual learning styles with a multitude of learning activities and formats. This approach begins with the heart of the school's culture, which rests on the unifying principle of teaching the three Rs: relationship, relationship, relationship. This article describes TOP High School's Alpha, a program designed to teach students the prosocial skills they need to succeed in any institutional setting, whether it be a school, a workplace, or a family. In this program, students and parents attend classes that build communication skills and positive attitudes about schooling. After several weeks, the lessons students have learned in the Alpha program begin to create a significant change in their attitude. They begin to believe in themselves, develop self-confidence, and focus on a successful future again. (Contains 3 resources.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Arizona