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ERIC Number: EJ796366
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-May
Pages: 4
Abstractor: Author
Reference Count: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-0013-1784
The Linchpin Year
Donegan, Billie
Educational Leadership, v65 n8 p54-57 May 2008
Donegan, an educational consultant specializing in 9th grade, asserts that when it comes to truly changing the freshman year, words abound but actions are few. Although everyone involved in the "high school conversation" agrees that the first year of high school is pivotal to success, few schools take on the challenge of truly reshaping 9th grade--beyond holding glitzy orientation events or biweekly advisories. One reason is that deep reform requires a fundamental reshaping of school culture, which means stepping on a few toes and threatening harmony among teachers. Schools should start by reversing the trend of placing a school's top teachers with upperclassman while assigning struggling first-year teachers to freshmen. Donegan suggests concrete strategies, based on her work schools seeking reform, for bringing productive changes to the freshman year.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Grade 9; High Schools; Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Illinois