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ERIC Number: EJ829635
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Nov
Pages: 4
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 1
ISSN: ISSN-1529-8957
Home Field Advantage
Brewer, John; Quirin, Michelle L.; Bryan, Karrie Rinder
Principal Leadership, v9 n3 p20-23 Nov 2008
Dominion High School opened its doors in fall 2003 in the highly diverse, fast-growing region of Loudoun County, Virginia, with a student body of nearly 700 students in grades 9-11. A dedicated faculty and a supportive community welcomed students to the school and began working toward a collaborative vision that promoted the success of every student. But by the school's second academic year, after nearly 350 new students and more than 25 additional faculty members joined the school, staff and community members noticed a decrease in overall achievement and an increase in the number of students experiencing academic difficulty. While assessing the reasons for this decline, the school's instructional council--composed of representatives from the faculty, the school community, and the student body--observed that many students were successful on standard measures of achievement but were consistently underachieving in the classroom. This led the instructional council to explore strategies that would motivate students to achieve their potential. This article describes how Dominion developed a comprehensive plan to enhance student motivation, promote student engagement, and increase the level of student personalization, which included designing and implementing an advisory period.
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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