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ERIC Number: EJ791677
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2006
Pages: 14
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-1533-8916
First Things First: A Framework for Successful Secondary School Reform
Connell, James P.; Klem, Adena M.
New Directions for Youth Development, n111 p53-66 Fall 2006
The Institute for Research and Reform in Education (IRRE) is dedicated to helping schools raise the academic performance of all students to levels required for postsecondary education and high-quality employment. To accomplish this, IRRE developed First Things First (FTF), a reform framework grounded in research about how young people develop and how schools promote students' engagement and learning in the process. The FTF framework identifies student and school outcomes, critical features essential to improve those outcomes, specific strategies for putting the critical features in place, and structured and timed processes for planning, capacity building, and continuous improvement. Within the FTF framework are seven critical features of school reform essential for achieving improved outcomes for students and schools. This article explores the first four critical features, which focus on students. The authors also introduce the three specific strategies for achieving these features. (Contains 1 figure, 1 exhibit, and 26 notes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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