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Beating the odds : high schools as communities of commitment

Author: Jacqueline Ancess
Publisher: New York : Teachers College Press, ©2003.
Series: Series on school reform.
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Beating the Odds tells the story of how teachers, students, and leaders in three schools transcend obstacles to beat the odds of failure and achieve impressive success. The schools - a suburban vocational-technical school, an urban school for immigrant, new-English-language learners, and an urban second-chance school for students who have failed elsewhere - all operate as communities of commitment. With accessible  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Case studies
Cas, Études de
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Jacqueline Ancess
ISBN: 0807743569 9780807743560 0807743550 9780807743553
OCLC Number: 50919795
Description: xiv, 178 pages ; 23 cm.
Contents: 1. Schools as communities of commitment. The call for a different type of high school --
What makes schools communities of commitment? --
Critical characteristics of schools that are communities of commitment --
A vocational-technical high school can be academic --
A high school for new English language learners --
A real chance high school --
Organization, relationships, and teaching and learning in schools as communities of commitment --
2. Organizing schools to be communities of commitment. Creating possibilities --
Images of schools organized for commitment --
Conclusion --3. Caring relationships : the main thing. A snapshot of a powerful relationship --
The nature of caring relationships in a school setting --
Leveraging relationships for social development and academic achievement --
Relationships as a source of social capital --
Conclusion. 4. Teaching and learning for making meaning. A classroom for public and personal discourse --
How making meaning finds its way onto the teaching and learning landscape --
Instructional infrastructure to support teaching and learning for making meaning --
Teacher learning --
Conclusion --
5. Possibilities for schools as communities of commitment : what it takes. Internal conditions --
External conditions --
Scaling up --
Conclusion --
Appendix. Exhibit 1: Urban Academy schedule --
Exhibit 2: Hodgson Steering Committee goals --
Exhibit 3: International curriculum --
Exhibit 4: Urban Academy course catalog --
Exhibit 5: Hodgson best practices.
Series Title: Series on school reform.
Responsibility: Jacqueline Ancess ; foreword by Linda Darling-Hammond.

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