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Against the Current: How One School Struggled and Succeeded with At-Risk Teens
     

Against the Current: How One School Struggled and Succeeded with At-Risk Teens

by Michael Brosnan
 
Rather than just detailing the woes of America's inner-city schools, this book offers new insights into the complexity of education reform and provides practical suggestions for ways our schools can be transformed.

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Rather than just detailing the woes of America's inner-city schools, this book offers new insights into the complexity of education reform and provides practical suggestions for ways our schools can be transformed.

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VOYA - Carol Buchanan
Brosnan presents a fascinating account of an independent public school for urban middle school students at risk, from the school's inception to its successful maturity. The Urban Collaborative Accelerated Program's purpose is to enable its students to advance academically so they are prepared to enter high school with the self-confidence, determination, and skills necessary to graduate and go on to college. The premise is that students from unstable homes and violent communities can succeed in a small school (105 students) with a visionary and courageous leader, supremely dedicated to teachers, a school-based management philosophy, an individualized student-centered curriculum, and a strong emphasis on student responsibility. Written in conversational tone so you feel you really get to know many of the participants, this book will provide all educators and decision makers (urban, suburban, or rural) with a better understanding of the challenges urban educators face on a day-to-day basis. Readers will come away with much food for thought, as well as some practical ideas. This inspiring success story may help us meet one of our country's most formidable challenges-educating our urban youth.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780435081409
Publisher:
Heinemann
Publication date:
05/05/1997
Pages:
182
Product dimensions:
6.30(w) x 9.30(h) x 0.63(d)

Meet the Author

Michael Brosnan is a writer and editor currently working with the National Association of Independent Schools in Washington, D.C. A graduate of Boston College and the University of New Hampshire Writing Program, he has published both poetry and short stories and writes often about education. Brosnan has taught English at the high school and college level.

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