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Girtz, Suzann; Salina, Chuck; Eppinga, Joanie – State Education Standard, 2018
Sunnyside High School in Washington State, a school of more than 1,600 students, had a graduation rate below 50 percent in 2010. The Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI) had repeatedly identified Sunnyside as a low-performing school--that is, in the bottom 5 percent of the state's high schools and therefore qualifying for…
Descriptors: High Schools, School Turnaround, Graduation Rate, Leadership Effectiveness
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Salina, Charles; Girtz, Suzann; Eppinga, Joanie; Martinez, David; Kilian, Diana Blumer; Lozano, Elizabeth; Martinez, Adrian P.; Crowe, Dustin; De La Barrera, Maria; Mendez, Maribel Madrigal; Shines, Terry – Professional School Counseling, 2013
A graduation rate of 49% alarmed Sunnyside High School in 2009. With graduation rates in the bottom 5% statewide, Sunnyside was awarded a federally funded School Improvement Grant. The "turnaround" principal and the school counselors aligned goals with the ASCA National Model through the program All Hands On Deck (AHOD), based on…
Descriptors: Graduation Rate, School Turnaround, School Counseling, School Counselors
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Shepard, Jerri; Salina, Chuck; Girtz, Suzann; Cox, Jonas; Davenport, Nika; Hillard, Tammy L. – Reclaiming Children and Youth, 2012
Sunnyside High School in rural Washington faces many tough issues common to urban schools but has shown a remarkable ability to help students at risk for academic failure. The Sunnyside Intervention Program was developed for students with a history of poor academic performance, many of whom were involved in dangerous activities, including gangs.…
Descriptors: Academic Failure, At Risk Students, Educational Opportunities, Intervention
Girtz, Suzann – ProQuest LLC, 2009
The purpose of this study was to investigate four attractor states in schools through the perceptions of formal leaders that engaged in and reflected upon school reform regarding the Millennial generation. The term attractor was used as a metaphor for a habitual pattern, gleaned from complexity science which informs of new ways in which to…
Descriptors: Instructional Design, Scheduling, Architecture, Grouping (Instructional Purposes)