Turning High-Poverty Schools into High-Performing Schools

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Is it possible for high-poverty schools to be high achieving? Of course it is! Real schools with students living in poverty do post high levels of student achievement. Learn what these schools do to help students succeed—and how you and your school can adopt the same practices—no matter what socio-economic climate students live in.

Lessons learned and practical advice from seven of these high-performing/high-poverty (HP/HP) schools, along with hundreds of others that have been the subject of intensive research, are the focus of this book. Authors William Parrett and Kathleen Budge have synthesized the research, studied the schools in depth, and show you critical components that set these institutions apart from their struggling peers.

After setting the context by examining poverty and its stunning effects on students, the authors then zero in on what HP/HP schools stopped doing or eliminated and what they started doing or improved on in three key areas of performance:

* Building leadership capacity;
* Fostering a safe, healthy, and supportive learning environment; and
* Focusing on student, professional, and system learning.

Principals, teacher-leaders, and district leaders can benefit from the real-world examples and practical guidelines, all based on research and experience. Rather than suggesting a one-size-fits-all approach, the authors acknowledge the unique context of individual schools and urge readers to engage in self-assessment, reflection, and coordinated action to learn together and lead together, with rubrics and planning templates provided to guide the process. The reality is that any school willing to refocus its efforts can become a high-performing school.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781416613138
  • Publisher: Association for Supervision & Curriculum Development
  • Publication date: 1/9/2012
  • Pages: 220
  • Sales rank: 181,580
  • Product dimensions: 7.80 (w) x 9.80 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Table of Contents

Foreword by Michael Copland
Introduction: We Must Keep Asking the Questions
Part I Learning Together: Getting Ready to Lead Underachieving Students in Poverty to Success
1. Any High-Poverty School Can Become High-Performing
2. Learning from High-Performing/High-Poverty Schools
3. Poverty and Our Moral Responsibility
4. A Framework for Action: Leading High-Poverty Schools to High Performance
Part II Leading Together: Taking Action to Lead Underachieving Students in Poverty to Success
5. Building Leadership Capacity: HP/HP Schools Eliminate What Doesn't Work
6. Building Leadership Capacity: How HP/HP Schools Do It
7. Fostering a Safe, Healthy, and Supportive Learning Environment: HP/HP Schools Eliminate What Doesn't Work
8. Fostering a Safe, Healthy, and Supportive Learning Environment: How HP/HP Schools Do It
9. Focusing on Student, Professional, and System Learning: HP/HP Schools Eliminate What Doesn't Work
10. Focusing on Student, Professional, and System Learning: How HP/HP Schools Do It
Part III Working Together: Continuing the Commitment to Lead Underachieving Students in Poverty to Success
Epilogue: Beyond Improving Individual Schools: Two Critical Questions Concluding Thoughts
About the Authors9781416613404 Introduction
1. Understanding the Basics
2. Delving into the Details
3. Establishing and Maintaining Effective Co-Teaching Relationships
4. Planning Lessons
5. Developing Curriculum and Assessment
6. Combining Instructional Elements, Materials, and Environment
7. Incorporating Teaching Strategies
8. Defining and Assessing the Administrator's Role
9. Clarifying the Paraprofessional's Role
10. Addressing Parent and Student Issues
About the Authors

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