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Standards of Mind and Heart: Creating the Good High School / Edition 1
     

Standards of Mind and Heart: Creating the Good High School / Edition 1

by Peggy Silva, Tony Wagner, Robert A. Mackin
 

ISBN-10: 0807742120

ISBN-13: 9780807742129

Pub. Date: 04/05/2002

Publisher: Teachers College Press

This is the remarkable story of the creation of a new kind of high school that truly aspires to educate all students to high standards. Believing that a deeply personalized culture can prevent the senseless violence that has invaded many public schools, educators at Souhegan High School in Amherst, New Hampshire set out to create a safe, caring, and academically

Overview

This is the remarkable story of the creation of a new kind of high school that truly aspires to educate all students to high standards. Believing that a deeply personalized culture can prevent the senseless violence that has invaded many public schools, educators at Souhegan High School in Amherst, New Hampshire set out to create a safe, caring, and academically rigorous school. In this volume, Silva (a teacher) and Mackin (a principal) chronicle their experiences as they worked through the many challenges that ultimately resulted in this extraordinarily successful school. Featuring their honest reflections and the voices of other participants, this book: Portrays a real public high school (not a small alternative school) that is successfully implementing most of the reform practices recommended by national reform models. Demonstrates how schools can strike a balance between the need for stricter safety measures and the social and emotional needs of each student, thus avoiding violent outbursts in schools. Details the school's structure, curriculum, professional culture, and systems of accountability for all students in a heterogeneous, inclusionary setting. Describes the use of teaming, advisory groups, exhibitions, and senior projects. Provides a working model of the "Breaking Ranks" recommendations, including the importance of "personalization" and democracy in education.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780807742129
Publisher:
Teachers College Press
Publication date:
04/05/2002
Series:
Series on School Reform
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
176
Product dimensions:
6.12(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.44(d)

Table of Contents

Forewordix
Acknowledgmentsxiii
Introduction1
A Democratic School2
A Personalized School3
How This Book Can Make a Difference3
What This Book Is Not About6
The Purpose of Our Work7
Writing the Book8
1.The Change Process Begins10
Why a New High School?10
What Forms Our Sense of Community?14
What Were Our Beliefs as We Began to Build Our School?16
"Making the Ideal Real"25
2.From Mindset to Mission26
The Planning Team27
The Mission Statement28
Action Steps and Timeline31
The Hiring Process33
Getting to Know Each Other36
3.From Mission to Practice39
Democracy in Action39
The Community Council40
Supporting Student Engagement49
Advisory54
Teams64
An Inclusive Community73
4.Beyond Seat Time84
The Division One Exhibition86
Senior Project, by Melanie Gallo100
5.Building and Sustaining a Strong Professional Culture120
The Souhegan Blues121
Learning from Professional Partnerships125
The Viking Funeral127
Mentoring and Sustaining New Staff130
6.The Change Process Continues135
Transitional Leadership135
Managing Change Once Again142
The Lessons of Souhegan High School147
Afterword149
AppendixTen Common Principles of the Coalition of Essential Schools150
References153
Index155
About the Authors161

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