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Breaking Ranks II
Breaking Ranks II is the field guide for impementing the changes suggested in Breaking Ranks - the high school reform document of the National Association of Secondary School Principals. Breaking Ranks encourages schools to focus reform around five major areas: Personalization, Time, Coherency of Curriculum and Technology, and Professional Development.
http://www.principals.org/SchoolImprovement/BreakingRanksIIHighSchoolReform.aspx Reinventing the American High School - Position Paper by the Association of Career and Technical EducationThe Association for Career and Technical Education(ACTE), on behalf of career and technical education (CTE) professionals in the United States, advocates for clearly focusing American high schools on the goal of preparing EVERY student for full participation in a spectrum of college opportunities, meaningful work, career advancement, and active citizenship. We call upon leaders to make needed changes in school culture, instructional strategies and organizational priorities that will support this new purpose.Taken Directly from the Executive Summary http://www.powayusd.com/pusdctae/archive_11-11-07/Files/ACTEHSReform_Paper.pdf ASCD's High School Reform Framework
The ASCD High School Reform Proposal, developed in consultation with experts recommended by the Association's governance bodies, focuses on five key components:
- Multiple assessments
- Personalized learning
- Flexible use of time and structure
- Professional development for teachers and school leadership
- Business and community engagement
http://www.ascd.org/public_policy/High_School_Reform/High_School_Reform_Summary.aspx Education Northwest - Formerly the Northwest Regional Education Laboratory (NWREL)
Education Northwest's website has resources for High School Reform that include research, professional development, and reform coaching.
http://educationnorthwest.org/ Accelerated Schools PLUS
Accelerated High Schools draw on Accelerated Schools' philosophy, research, and processes. Implementation is based on what we know works at the secondary level:
. Smaller schools support higher levels of engagement, achievement, and
graduation rates. Each school should have no more than 400 students.
. Learning based on research and student inquiry.
. Multi-disciplinary curricula.
. Functional accountability through multiple forms of assessments.
. Autonomy over scheduling, budget, staffing, and time.
. Support for teaching through continuous professional development.
. Direct parents and community engagement.
. Partnerships with local colleges, universities, and corporations.
http://www.acceleratedschools.net/ America's Choice School Design
The America’s Choice School Design helps districts and schools focus on five critical elements of school improvement.
- Creating a standards-based system with assessments that monitor progress and inform instruction
- Aligning instruction to standards and focusing teaching on moving students from where they are to where they need to be
- Strengthening instructional leadership
- Building professional learning communities
- Engaging parents and the community
http://www.americaschoice.org/highschooldesign High Schools That Work
The program is based on the belief that most students can master complex academic and technical concepts if schools create an environment that encourages students to make the effort to succeed. Member schools implement 10 Key Practicesfor changing what is expected of students, what they are taught and how they are taught.
http://www.sreb.org/page/1078/high_schools_that_work.html National Career Academy Coalition
A support network of Career Academies across the nation.
http://www.ncacinc.com/ Talent Development High Schools
The Talent Development High School Model is a comprehensive reform model for large high schools facing serious problems with student attendance, discipline, achievement scores, and dropout rates. The model includes organizational and management changes to establish a positive school climate; curricular and instructional innovations to prepare all students for high-level courses in math and English; parent and community involvement to encourage college awareness; and professional development to support the recommended reforms.
Breaking Ranks in the Middle
"Breaking Ranks in the Middle", is a meta-analysis of research regarding Middle School reforms conducted by the National Association of Secondary School Principals. The analysis includes strategies correlated to positive student outcomes uniquely tailored to adolescent students.
http://www.principals.org/s_nassp/bin.asp?CID=937&DID=53495&DOC=FILE.PDF Last Best Chance
This task force, has been challenged to help chart the course for middle level education in North Carolina. As the task force went through the process of examining middle level education, as it is now the members continuously asked, "What should it look like in order for all children to be successful?" A distinction was made between "change" and "progress."
http://www.ncpublicschools.org/curriculum/lbc/ Southern Regional Education Board (SREB) - Making Middle Schools Work
The Southern Regional Education Board's middle grades initiative is designed to help states, districts and schools look at what they expect, what they teach and how they teach young adolescents to prepare for success in further education. Too many students leave the middle grades unprepared to take advantage of all that high school can offer and unable to be successful in career opportunities after high school.
http://www.sreb.org/programs/MiddleGrades/MiddleGradesindex.asp Success for All - Middle Level
The Success for All Foundation’s middle school programs are designed to add well-structured curricula, instructional methods, and professional development for teachers to help students reach their full potential. The Success for All Middle School design is a comprehensive, replicable model for middle schools serving many at-risk young adolescents.
http://www.successforall.net/middle/index.htm National Middle School Association - SCHOOLS TO WATCH
Schools to Watch® is an initiative launched by the National Forum to Accelerate Middle-Grades Reform in 1999.
The National Forum is an alliance of more than 60 educators, researchers, and officers of national associations and foundations dedicated to improving schools for young adolescents across the country.
Through the Schools to Watch® initiative, the National Forum identifies schools across the United States that are well on their way to meeting the Forum's criteria for high performance. Forum members believe that three things are true of high-performing middle-grades schools:
They are academically excellent—these schools challenge all students to use their minds well.
They are developmentally responsive—these schools are sensitive to the unique developmental challenges of early adolescence.
They are socially equitable—these schools are democratic and fair, providing every student with high-quality teachers, resources, and supports.
To achieve this level of performance, high-performing schools establish norms, structures, and organizational arrangements to support and sustain their trajectory toward excellence. They have a sense of purpose that drives every facet of practice and decision-making.
21st Century Skills for 21st Century StudentsNorth Carolina is one of 14 states that are members of the Partnership for 21st Century Skills. The mission of the Partnership for 21st Century Skills is, "Serve as a catalyst to position 21st century skills at the center of US K-12 education by building collaborative partnerships among education, business, community and government leaders "Resources for districts and states in implementing 21st Century curriculum, assessment, standards, professional development and learning environments are listed on the "Implementation of 21st Century Skills" page of this website.The new North Carolina State Board Priorities for Future Ready Students for the 21st Century are aligned with the work of the Partnership for 21st Century Skills.
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