More High School Graduates: How Schools Can Save Students From Dropping Out
By: Ben Levin (author)Paperback
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A proven system to boost high school graduation ratesMore High School Graduates is a comprehensive guide for school leaders and government policymakers committed to boosting high school graduation rates. Drawing from his knowledge as an education official and professor, author Ben Levin presents a system to turn around secondary schools that is adaptable for local-, district-, and state-level decision making.Offering a road map for improvement, this bookAes practical and specific recommendations have increased graduation rates across hundreds of high schools. Components includeKeeping track of all studentsAe progress and intervening early to prevent failureEstablishing curriculum and graduation requirements that support increased student successImproving teaching and learningConnecting with the community to engage families, local businesses, and other stakeholders in improving graduation ratesImplementing methods for planning, communicating, and winning supportThe stigma of odropout factorieso hangs over school districts and education agencies. This book helps turn any school or district into a success factory producing more graduates and better learning outcomes.
Ben Levin is a professor and Canada Research Chair in Education Leadership and Policy at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education, University of Toronto. His career is about half as an academic and half as a senior civil servant. He is a graduate of the University of Manitoba, Harvard University, and the University of Toronto, and also holds an honorary degree from the University of Ottawa. He has worked with private research organizations, school districts, provincial governments, and national and international agencies, as well as building an outstanding academic and research career. As a civil servant, he served as Deputy Minister (chief civil servant) for Education for the Province of Ontario from 2004 to 2007 and again in 2008-09. From 1999 through 2002, he was Deputy Minister of Education and of Advanced Education for the Province of Manitoba. As a scholar he has published seven books and more than 200 other articles on education in professional and academic publications. He gives talks and consults on education issues around the world. His current interests are in large-scale change, poverty and inequity, and finding better ways to connect research to policy and practice in education.
Foreword Preface Acknowledgments About the Author 1. The Challenge A Note on Dropouts Scope How High Can We Aim? Not All Solutions Are Good Ones Why Not Leave Schools Alone to Figure it Out? Why School Is Not Like Work and Why Students Should Not Be Treated Like Workers Can High Schools Be Transformed? Why Students Don't Graduate The Role of Pre-High School and Why Focus on High Schools Why High Schools Are Hard to Change Conclusion 2. The Framework Know the Status and Progress of Every Student, Know the Reasons for Any Problems, and Intervene as Soon as There Are Signs of Difficulties Provide a Program That Enables All Students to Achieve a Good Outcome Improving Daily Teaching and Learning Is Essential to Achieving Better High School Outcomes; To Do This Requires a Thoughtful and Specific Strategy Connect Schools Deeply to Their Local and Broader Community Resourcing Improvement Conclusion 3. Connecting With Every Student Monitoring Student Progress Assigning Responsibility for Following Students Paying Attention to Specific Groups Attendance, Discipline, and Suspensions Student Voice Conclusion 4. Curriculum and Graduation Requirements The Challenge of Diverse Student Interests The Role of the GED Vocational Education How Many Courses and How Much Variety? Organizing Teaching Assigning Staff Helping to Reduce Failure Rates Co-Curriculum Alternative Programs and Schools Conclusion 5. Improving Teaching and Learning Comprehensive Reform Models Relevance Hands-On Learning Collective Work By Teachers Effective Student Assessment Student Engagement in Teaching and Learning The Role of Information Technology Independent Learning Conclusion 6. Connecting with Community Working With Parents and Families Working With Community Groups Working With Postsecondary Institutions Learning About Work as a School and Community Function Conclusion 7. Implementation Research, Data, and Evidence Steps to Effective Implementation Distractions Conclusion 8. Conclusion Epilogue References Index
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