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Creating and sustaining small learning communities : strategies and tools for transforming high schools

Author: Grace M Sammon
Publisher: Thousand Oaks, CA : Corwin Press, ©2008.
Edition/Format:   Print book : CD for computer : Interactive multimedia   Computer File : English : 2nd edView all editions and formats
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CD-ROM contains: 33 planning templates -- data collection and assessment tools -- frequently asked questions.
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Genre/Form: CD-ROMs
Material Type: Interactive multimedia, Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Computer File, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Grace M Sammon
ISBN: 9781412937894 1412937892 9781412937900 1412937906
OCLC Number: 77573850
Description: xvii, 227 pages : illustrations ; 28 cm + 1 CD-ROM (4 3/4 in.)
Contents: The journey begins --
Background --
The mandate for school reform --
Benefits of SLC --
Who makes it happen? The practitioner's role --
Key elements of effective redesign efforts --
Looking at design options --
At a glance: summing it up and next steps --
Formation, study and awareness: the sum of the parts --
Understanding the process of change --
What do we want a graduate to look like? --
What does the ideal teacher look like? --
Are we producing that now? The data discussion begins --
What "real" might look like --
Building a "commitment framework": Agreements needed for success --
Building your local definition: establishing structures --
At a glance: summing it up and next steps --
Leading an improvement process: changes in practice are inevitable --
Creating a theory of change --
Where to begin with building capacity --
Establish relationships --
At a glance: summing it up and next steps --
The plan's the thing: establishing structures --
Initiative alignment and partnership audit --
Creating working teams --
The punch list: 100+ things for teams to think about and work through --
How much will SLC implementation cost? --
Reality check: strengths and deficit mapping --
The planning stage --
The ninth grade experience --
How fast do we have to go? --
At a glance: summing it up and next steps --
Establishing SLC teams: developing the mission, culture and schedule --
Creating teams --
Creating specific SLC teams --
Building the team --
The team sets the agenda --
Mission --
Commitment to students and families --
Scheduling --
School practices --
At a glance: summing it up and next steps --
Curriculum for college and careers --
Curriculum defined --
Understanding and addressing academic and industry skills standards --
From goals 2000 to SCANS: what work requires of schools --
Knowledge, skills and abilities --
Identifying and honing the SLC curriculum: pathways, courses and integration --
"Quick wins" curriculum tools --
At a glance: summing it up and next steps --
Professional practice --
Moving into data-driven discussions --
A culture of literacy --
Data, data everywhere --
Use of time --
Professional development --
Will this impact student achievement? --
Pulling the pieces together --
At a glance: summing it up and next steps --
Powerful partnerships --
Partnership defined --
Partnership possibilities --
Business basics --
Key ingredients in creating and sustaining partnerships --
Structures and strategies --
Work-based learning --
The "why" of employability skills --
The "when" of employability skills --
Developing work-based experiences --
At a glance: summing it up and next steps --
The student experience: making it personal --
School-based structures --
Personalizing the learning experience --
service learning / community service --
The senior experience --
Student voice --
More about work-based learning: brief, perform, and debrief everything --
A word about placements --
Job shadowing --
Mentorships --
At a glance: summing it up and next steps --
Sustaining: the experts are amongst us --
Revisiting the practitioner's role --
What will it take to succeed? --
What does success and sustainability look like? --
Taking stock: study process and the peer review --
Study tools to get you started --
At a glance: summing it up and next steps --
The journey continues --
Resources --
References.
Other Titles: Small learning communities
Responsibility: Grace Sammon.
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