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ERIC Number: EJ776761
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007
Pages: 5
Abstractor: ERIC
ISSN: ISSN-0276-928X
Best Practices: Campaign to Discover Successful Practices Nets Gains for High School
Psencik, Kay; Czaplicki, Hilary J.; Houston, Tracy A.; Kopp, Debra
Journal of Staff Development, v28 n4 p14-18 Fall 2007
Hanging in the entryway of Quakertown Community Senior High School in Quakertown, Pennsylvania, was the school vision: "Enter to Learn; Leave to Serve." The school vision statement contained the right words, but it did not inspire anyone. In many classrooms, teachers lectured from the front of the room, students sat in rows taking notes, and little professional conversation occurred among teachers about instructional strategies. Students were vibrant and active in the hallways, yet bored and unresponsive in the classrooms. Student performance was not acceptable to anyone--not to the practices faculty, not to the students, administrators, parents, or community members. The staff had allowed a culture of low expectations to determine their course of action. In order to change this culture, the district's central administration designed and implemented an effort they called Best Practices in High School. With a federal grant and the support of the school board and superintendent, the central office administrative team created a high school leadership team of 20 teachers and administrators to begin conversations about what constituted a standards-based, best practices high school. This article discusses how the leadership team began with the goal of increasing the effectiveness of their own classroom practices, and the lessons learned about themselves and about the power and challenges of changing a high school culture. (Contains 1 table.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: High Schools
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Pennsylvania