ERIC Number: EJ906451
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Oct-27
Reference Count: N/A
Turnaround Team Picks Up the Pace in Kentucky
Aarons, Dakarai I.
Education Week, v30 n9 p1, 14-15 Oct 2010
Students are adjusting to higher expectations this year as a struggling West Louisville high school works to change course. Teachers at the West Louisville high school, now named The Academy @ Shawnee, have a daunting task: reversing the fortunes of one of Kentucky's lowest-performing schools. The school is one of 10 identified last spring as the worst-performing in the state and now is undergoing a state-mandated restructuring. Across the country, thousands of educators face the same pressure in helping to fulfill U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan's $3.5 billion mandate to fix the nation's most chronically underperforming schools during the next three years. In its quest to turn around Shawnee, the faculty has emphasized both the academic and the personal. Showing students that teachers are passionate has been crucial to motivating teenagers who might otherwise balk at the increased pace of learning. The author discusses how educators step up academics at Kentucky turnaround school and how staff at Shawnee works to raise academic expectations and build ties with students.
Descriptors: High Schools, Educational Improvement, Improvement Programs, Effective Schools Research, Low Achievement, Change Strategies, Educational Strategies, Educational Change, Teacher Student Relationship, Expectation
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: High Schools
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Identifiers - Location: Kentucky