Beating the Odds: High Schools as Communities of Commitment / Edition 1

Beating the Odds: High Schools as Communities of Commitment / Edition 1

by Jacqueline Ancess, Linda Darling-Hammond
     
 

ISBN-10: 0807743550

ISBN-13: 9780807743553

Pub. Date: 05/01/2003

Publisher: Teachers College Press

Beating the Odds tells the story of how teachers, students, and leaders in three schools transcend obstacles to beat the odds of failure and achieve impressive success. The schools -- a suburban vocational-technical school, an urban school for immigrant, new-English-language learners, and an urban second-chance school for students who have failed elsewhere -- all

Overview

Beating the Odds tells the story of how teachers, students, and leaders in three schools transcend obstacles to beat the odds of failure and achieve impressive success. The schools -- a suburban vocational-technical school, an urban school for immigrant, new-English-language learners, and an urban second-chance school for students who have failed elsewhere -- all operate as communities of commitment. With accessible language, multiple examples, and rich anecdotes, Ancess describes how these schools are organized, how they use adult-student relationships to leverage high levels of student performance, how they enact teaching and learning for making meaning, and how they confront the obstacles they encounter. Ancess also discusses the systemic conditions for sustaining and scaling up schools such as these three.

The high schools described in this volume -- Urban Academy, International High School, and Hodgson Vocational-Technical -- have come to represent models of successful reform despite their challenging student populations. In addition to telling their story, this book provides samples of school documents that illustrate the day-to-day operation of the schools and can be adapted by practitioners to fit their own circumstances.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780807743553
Publisher:
Teachers College Press
Publication date:
05/01/2003
Series:
Series on School Reform
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
192
Product dimensions:
6.12(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.48(d)

Table of Contents

Forewordix
Acknowledgmentsxiii
1.Schools as Communities of Commitment1
The Call for a Different Type of High School1
What Makes Schools Communities of Commitment?3
Critical Characteristics of Schools That Are Communities of Commitment9
A Vocational-Technical High School Can Be Academic12
A High School for New English Language Learners16
A Real Chance High School18
Organization, Relationships, and Teaching and Learning in Schools as Communities of Commitment21
2.Organizing Schools to Be Communities of Commitment25
Creating Possibilities25
Images of Schools Organized for Commitment28
Conclusion56
3.Caring Relationships: The Main Thing59
A Snapshot of a Powerful Relationship60
The Nature of Caring Relationships in a School Setting63
Leveraging Relationships for Social Development and Academic Achievement80
Relationships as a Source of Social Capital83
Conclusion87
4.Teaching and Learning for Making Meaning88
A Classroom for Public and Personal Discourse90
How Making Meaning Finds Its Way onto the Teaching and Learning Landscape95
Instructional Infrastructure to Support Teaching and Learning for Making Meaning113
Teacher Learning117
Conclusion121
5.Possibilities for Schools as Communities of Commitment: What It Takes125
Internal Conditions126
External Conditions131
Scaling Up135
Conclusion141
Appendix143
Exhibit 1Urban Academy Schedule144
Exhibit 2Hodgson Steering Committee Goals146
Exhibit 3International Curriculum147
Exhibit 4Urban Academy Course Catalog151
Exhibit 5Hodgson Best Practices165
References167
Index172
About the Author178

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