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…  See more details below

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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.

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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
Sales rank:
1,051,735
Product dimensions:
6.12(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.48(d)

Table of Contents

Foreword
Acknowledgments
1Schools as Communities of Commitment1
2Organizing Schools to Be Communities of Commitment25
3Caring Relationships: The Main Thing59
4Teaching and Learning for Making Meaning88
5Possibilities for Schools as Communities of Commitment: What It Takes125
Appendix143
References167
Index172
About the Author178

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