Best Practices from High-Performing High Schools: How Successful Schools Help Students Stay in School and Thrive

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In their second collaboration, Wilcox and Angelis tell the stories of high school educators who embody best practices in their day-to-day activities-practices that consistently lead to higher student academic achievement across the core subjects for all students. This book shares results of a multicase study of how some high schools consistently deliver better student performance, including improved 4-year graduation rates. These schools have learned how to successfully adapt to the climate of increased (and increasing) accountability.

Best Practices from High-Performing High Schools is for anyone who strives to ensure that all students graduate from high school and are ready to succeed in college, in their careers, and in life.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780807751688
  • Publisher: Teachers College Press
  • Publication date: 1/2/2011
  • Pages: 144
  • Sales rank: 1,543,498
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments ix

1 The Challenge of Best Practice in High School 1

Historical Context and New Accountability Requirements 4

High Schools That Meet the Challenge 9

Framework and Outline of the Book 14

Two Features of the Book 17

2 Rigorous Curriculum and Expectations 19

Rigor: Academics Plus 21

Explicit and Inclusive Expectations 23

Sharing Responsibility with Students 27

Higher-Level Classes for More Students 29

Key Points 35

What We Did Not Expect 36

3 Innovative Instructional Programs and Practices 39

Environmental Factors Favoring Innovation 41

Linking Creativity and Innovation 43

Support and Trust 44

Testing New Programs and Technologies 49

Key Points 51

What We Did Not Expect 52

4 Transparency 54

Trust and Social Capital 56

Transparency and Trust Within 57

History and Humility 59

Knowing Students and Parents Well 61

Planning Together 63

Shared Goal Setting for Common Purposes 64

Key Points 65

What We Did Not Expect 67

5 Evidence-Based Decision Making 69

Evidence of What and According to Whom? 71

Embracing Data 73

Redefining Evidence of Success 75

Analyzing, Interpreting, and Sharing a Variety of Evidence 76

Using Evidence in Goal Setting 78

Key Points 78

What We Did Not Expect 79

6 Strategic Targeting of Resources 81

Rhizomes and Resources 82

Envisioning and Developing Coherence 84

Building Synergies 88

Using Diversity as a Resource 90

Key Points 93

What We Did Not Expect 93

7 Working the Framework 95

The Five Best Practice Elements 95

Compare, Assess, Set SMART Goals 97

Continuously Improving, Learning Organizations 99

Appendix A School Selection and Study Method 101

Appendix B The Higher-Performing High Schools 104

References 113

Index 121

About the Authors 133

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