A School in Trouble: A Personal Story of Central Falls High School [NOOK Book]

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During and after his term as interim Central Falls superintendent in 2006-2007, Bill Holland sought answers to why some Central Falls High School students had school success while over half of their classmates failed to graduate. Much can be learned fromhow these students survived in a chronically low-achieving school located in the poorest community in the state. Holland provides behind-the-scenes details on the issues of poverty, ineffective teaching, and cultural differences while also advising students, ...
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A School in Trouble: A Personal Story of Central Falls High School

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Overview

During and after his term as interim Central Falls superintendent in 2006-2007, Bill Holland sought answers to why some Central Falls High School students had school success while over half of their classmates failed to graduate. Much can be learned fromhow these students survived in a chronically low-achieving school located in the poorest community in the state. Holland provides behind-the-scenes details on the issues of poverty, ineffective teaching, and cultural differences while also advising students, parents, and teachers on ways to gain greater educational success. Before the book was completed, a federal and state mandate unexpectedly resulted in the superintendent having to adopt a turn-around model and fire the entire high school faculty and staff-an action that set off a firestorm between the school and state leadership and the American Federation of Teachers. The conflict made national headlines and was mentioned by President Obama as a prime example of a "last resort" approach in reformingfailing inner-city schools.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781607098751
  • Publisher: R&L Education
  • Publication date: 9/16/2010
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 106
  • File size: 382 KB

Meet the Author

William R. Holland is a former Rhode Island commissioner of education and professor emeritus in educational leadership at Rhode Island College. Previously, he was a school superintendent for twenty years in Massachusetts and Rhode Island with his last assignment being interim superintendent in Central Falls during the 2006-2007 school year.
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Table of Contents

Chapter 1 Foreword
Chapter 2 Introduction
Chapter 3 Interim Superintendent in Central Falls
Chapter 4 The Obstacles to Success in an Inner-City School
Chapter 5 A Jaded Perception of Urban Schools
Chapter 6 An Urban Principal Questions Dropout Figures
Chapter 7 Residential Instability Among Latinos
Chapter 8 The Role of Poverty
Chapter 9 The Need for Better Teaching
Chapter 10 Is It Poverty or Better Teaching?
Chapter 11 The Unique City of Central Falls
Chapter 12 Central Falls High School Today
Chapter 13 An Agenda for Change
Chapter 14 The URI-Central Falls Partnership
Chapter 15 A Severe Bump in the Road
Chapter 16 Central Falls Students
Chapter 17 Theresa Agonia - Overcoming Adversity
Chapter 18 Bryant Estrada - An Independent Thinker
Chapter 19 Guillermo Ronquillo -The Importance of Faith
Chapter 20 George Carle - A Basketball Dream
Chapter 21 Summary
Chapter 22 Postscript
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 11, 2010

    Highly Recommended - Especially for Educators and Parents

    William Holland has written a well-thought out, honest, and intuitive narrative about his experience as an interim superintendent in Central Falls. His first-hand knowledge and keen insights are presented in a straight-forward and realistic manner, while the snapshots of four students illustrate sensitively and openly the successes and frustrations of a high school struggling on so many levels.
    For a book with only 134 pages, Dr. Holland cuts through to the essence of a myriad of issues, in depth and with heart. He is candid about his observations, some positive, some not; and, he presents the information with professionalism. His recommendations for reform are sound and reflect his many years of experience as a seasoned educator.

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