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ERIC Number: EJ778965
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007-Nov
Pages: 4
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-1529-8957
Controlling Their Own Destinies
Principal Leadership, v8 n3 p40-43 Nov 2007
From preschool through high school graduation and sometimes beyond, students are told what to do, where to go, and when to go there. It is little wonder that some students have become all too comfortable with minimal effort and lack-luster achievement. Even the highest-achieving schools have students who are not being engaged or challenged. Norview High School in Norfolk, Virginia, has worked hard to overcome students' tendency to coast through high school on autopilot. Educators at Norview have developed and implemented a long-term plan that places a greater share of the onus for student achievement and engagement directly on the students. All students are encouraged to "find the leader within themselves" and to use those leadership skills to help drive their success. Success Academy is designed to help students realize their leadership potential and increase existing leadership skills. The Success Academy has helped Norview begin to get students to take ownership of their own learning. The initial success of the pilot, in fact, was so great that the school has scaled up the program and begun to offer the program to all freshmen.
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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: Virginia