Becoming a Great High School: 6 Strategies and 1 Attitude by Tim R. Westerberg

By Tim R. Westerberg

What's going to it take to maneuver your highschool to the subsequent level?In changing into an excellent highschool, former important Tim Westerberg emphasizes that major development in any highschool needs to commence with enhancing the standard of guideline within the lecture room. however the remoted efforts of person academics will not be adequate. in case your college is functioning like a suite of academic marketers held jointly by means of a typical car parking zone, it is time for lecturers and directors to interact and pursue complete, coordinated suggestions that would support all scholars prevail. Westerberg's 6+1 version for top college Reform indicates how high-achieving colleges keep luck and identifies what different faculties can do to accomplish comparable effects: undertake a we-expect-success perspective. enhance transparent educational objectives. enforce powerful guide. Use common formative review. tune pupil development. offer well timed intervention for suffering scholars. have a good time pupil success.Westerberg presents complete learn on highschool reform from major schooling specialists, candid examples from his 26 years as a crucial, and thought-provoking insights from different highschool leaders who've taken up the decision to enhance their schools.If you are prepared to take your highschool to the following point, this e-book provide you with the instruments and techniques to take the plunge and create a faculty that allows all scholars to arrive their complete power.

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A parent called me to express her concerns about the grade her 9th-grade son had received during his first semester in Honors Advanced Algebra. He received a B. She said it wasn’t the B she was complaining about (although I suspected that at some level it was) but rather the inconsistency of the school’s grading practices. Her son finished the semester with a 91 percent and received a B. His friend, who had taken the same course but from the teacher across the hall, also had a 91 percent but received an A.

4. Too many standards Standards that are not of equal importance Standards that lack unidimensionality Standards that allow for vastly different expectations for students that vary between teachers 26 Becoming a Great High School Too Many Standards Are Included In many states, there are simply too many standards to serve as a viable curriculum. If the curriculum isn’t viable, individual teachers have to decide what to leave out, and guaranteed standards go out the window. Researchers at Mid-continent Research for Education and Learning (McREL) examined national and state standards documents and identified 200 standards and 3,093 benchmarks in 14 subject areas.

That’s nuts! This was an example of curriculum anarchy. The teachers later recommended removing the course from the list of courses required for graduation. A second example from Littleton’s math department drives the point home. A parent called me to express her concerns about the grade her 9th-grade son had received during his first semester in Honors Advanced Algebra. He received a B. She said it wasn’t the B she was complaining about (although I suspected that at some level it was) but rather the inconsistency of the school’s grading practices.

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