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ERIC Number: EJ806328
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Jun
Pages: 4
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-1529-8957
Changing Course
Rourke, James; Mero, Dianne
Principal Leadership, v8 n10 p40-43 Jun 2008
Data-driven decision-making, targeted staff development, collaborative leadership, and the sheer will of committed staff members have launched Wheaton High School on a promising trajectory. Located in Montgomery County, Maryland, a predominately affluent area that has more than 20 high schools, Wheaton has always received attention, but unfortunately, for many years the attention focused on lackluster student achievement. These days, Wheaton is still getting attention, but of the positive variety. After years of difficult challenges, Wheaton, an economically and culturally diverse school, is a tremendous turnaround story. Now Wheaton is known more for its academy programs, honors and AP courses, AYP results, outstanding in-school and after-school intervention programs, and serious and hard-working students than anything else. The school's success has hinged on many factors, including substantive support from the school system and the local community. Partnerships with local higher education institutions and businesses provide opportunities for students and complement the school's emphasis on a full range of honors, AP, and college-level courses. This article describes how small learning communities, intense student supports, and teacher professional learning communities (PLCs) have been instrumental in rewriting a school's story.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: High Schools; Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Maryland