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Ever wonder why there is such a big gap in the number of students who succeed in comparison to those who do not? The duality of educational experiences that permeate our secondary schools leads to one group of students heading into post-secondary education, while others either receive terminal degrees or drop out. This updraft/downdraft phenomena occurs because time, talent, and monies tend to drift into the 'updraft' group's educational arena, leaving the 'downdraft' students and teachers with less time to teach, fewer qualified teachers, and fewer supporters. This book provides a set of tools to assist schools and communities in reallocating their resources more effectively. Using school 'artifacts,' educators can collect the data and information needed to make better decisions and leverage what they have, equitably. The process of collecting, analyzing, and acting on the data described promotes more strategic decision-making about school resources. Samples of data and analyses around master schedules, student schedules, curriculum guides and other 'artifacts' inside the school and district are provided. Recommended for anyone seeking ways to understand the problems inside the public schools and ways to find solutions.
Chapter 1 Prologue: Why Not? Chapter 2 1 "Hammering on Cold Iron" Chapter 3 2 Updraft/Downdraft Chapter 4 3 What Are Artifacts and Why Use Them? Chapter 5 4 A High School Case Study Chapter 6 5 Analyzing Calendars, Student Schedules, and Master Schedules Chapter 7 6 How to Analyze Curriculum and Instruction Chapter 8 7 Creating Updraft for All—Bold, Bolder, Boldest! Chapter 9 Epilogue: Noah's Beauty Chapter 10 Appendix: Collecting Information Chapter 11 About the Authors