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Creating Small Schools
A Handbook for Raising Equity and Achievement



March 2014 | 248 pages | Corwin
Bigger is not necessarily better when it comes to school size. Although comprehensive high schools are still the norm, many educators are turning to the idea of small schools (typically, high schools) as a way to personalize the educational experience for all students and raise achievement. Small high schools replace the incoherency a comprehensive high school's curriculum with rigorous course, small classes, and challenging college-prep coursework. and the small scale of these schools makes personalized relationships between faculty and students possible-key to keeping dropout rates low and expectations high. Small schools or small learning communities have many benefits for students, parents, and staff, and there has been much research and foundation interest in small schools. The Center for Collaborative Education (CCE) has worked on numerous small school projects throughout New England and has developed a national reputation. In this book the CCE have transformed their "New England Small Schools Network Planning Manual" into a hands-on resource that educators anywhere can use as a guide for planning a small school.
 
Preface
 
Acknowledgments
 
About the Authors
 
Part I. Creating Small Schools
 
1. Introduction: Key Components of Successful Small Schools
 
2. Launching Small Schools in a Community
 
3. Converting Large Schools to Small
 
4. Building Partnerships to Sustain Small Schools
 
Part II. Learning and Achievement in Each Small School
 
5. Teaching, Learning, and Assessment for High Achievement for All Learners
 
6. Restructuring the School for Personalization
 
7. Building a Culture of Adult Learning and Collaboration
 
8. The Practice of a Collaborative Culture
 
9. Conclusion
 
References
 
Index

"A terrific manual for small schools or conversion efforts. The authors provide tools and a logical road map and show how educators can lead groups and engage the community in the rebuilding effort."

Sue Showers, Education Consultant

"From methods of establishing new schools to instructing in a small school setting, school leaders receive specific tips tailored to not just creating the small school environment, but managing it more effectively."

California Bookwatch, August 2007

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Preface

Chapter 1


Dan French

Dan French, executive director of the Center for Collaborative Education, is the former director of instruction and curriculum for the Massachusetts Department of Education and special educator. He holds an EdD from University of  Massachusetts at Amherst. He has published many articles, including the 1998 Phi Delta Kappan article, “The State's Role in Shaping a Progressive Vision of Public Education,” and a commentary in Education Week, “Boston’s Pilot Schools:Progress and Promise in Urban School Reform” (April 19, 2006). More About Author

Mary Atkinson

Mary Atkinson has over twenty-five years of experience in education as a teacher, curriculum consultant, and writer. She has worked both as an elementary Spanish bilingual teacher and a Spanish language teacher for grades K-12. She cowrote the Massachusetts World Languages Curriculum Framework and wrote the Texas Framework for Languages Other Than English. As a consultant to Center for Collaborative Education, Ms. Atkinson was lead author of several Turning Points Guides as well as the Small Schools Planning Guide. Her poetry and fiction for children has appeared in several books and magazines. Ms. Atkinson holds a MEd from Lesley University. More About Author

Leah Rugen

Leah Rugen, publications director, has worked at the Center for Collaborative Education since 1997 as writer, change coach, and program director of the national Turning Points network. Prior to working at CCE she worked for Expeditionary Learning Outward Bound, and the New York City Outward Bound Center. She began her education career teaching English and writing in public school in New York. She received her MAT in English from Brown University. Her CCE publications include Turning Points guides Creating Partnerships, Bridging Worlds: Family and Community Engagement (with Jordan Naidoo, 2003) and Understanding Learning: Assessment in the... More About Author

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