Small Schools, Big Ideas: The Essential Guide to Successful School Transformation / Edition 1

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This guide shows how the principle-based and equity-focused model from the Coalition of Essential Schools (CES) can be used to redesign existing schools and create new schools that prepare students for this century's challenges and opportunities.

Filled with inspirational stories and illustrative examples from schools that have successfully implemented CES principles and practices, Small Schools, Big Ideas offers information and inspiration needed to:

Transform schools in order to achieve equitable outcomes for all students

Understand various school design options

Establish school vision, mission, and goals to raise educational expectations and results

Develop transformational leadership

Cultivate a professional learning community

Implement student-centered teaching, learning, and curricula

Build productive relationships with families and communities

Establish strategies for sustainability

These recommendations and proven strategies can help educators transform their schools to become truly equitable, personalized, and academically challenging.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780470259078
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 11/2/2009
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 416
  • Sales rank: 1,116,000
  • Product dimensions: 6.90 (w) x 9.20 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Table of Contents

Foreword Theodore R. Sizer Sizer, Theodore R. Nancy Faust Sizer Sizer, Nancy Faust

The Coalition of Essential Schools and the CES Small Schools Project

Introduction An Academically Challenging Education for All

Pt. 1 Setting the Stage for Transformation

1 A Commitment to Equity 3

2 Facing the Challenges 21

3 Creating the Climate and Conditions for Change 43

Pt. 2 Essential Principles for School Design

4 Starting with Vision, Mission, and Goals 83

5 Transformational Leadership 117

6 Cultivating Professional Learning Communities 151

Pt. 3 Essential Principles for Learning

7 Student-Centered Teaching and Learning 175

8 Demonstration of Mastery 211

9 Access, Opportunity, and Preparation for Postsecondary Success 243

Pt. 4 Embedding Successful Change

10 School Culture, Practices, and Community 271

11 Strategies for Sustainability 293

App. A Coalition of Essential Schools Common Principles 319

App. B Coalition of Essential Schools Benchmarks: Principles in Practice 323

App. C Profiled Schools and Organizations 333

App. D The Benefits of the CES Model: A Look at Recent Research 345

App. E Glossary of Useful Assessment Terms 349

References 355

Index 365\

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