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More High School Graduates

More High School Graduates
How Schools Can Save Students From Dropping Out

  • Ben Levin - Ontario Institute for Studies in Education, University of Toronto

March 2013 | 208 pages | Corwin
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 bookÆs practical and specific recommendations have increased graduation rates across hundreds of high schools. Components includeKeeping track of all studentsÆ 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 ôdropout factoriesö 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.
About the Author
1. The Challenge
A Note on Dropouts


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


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


3. Connecting With Every Student
Monitoring Student Progress

Assigning Responsibility for Following Students

Paying Attention to Specific Groups

Attendance, Discipline, and Suspensions

Student Voice


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


Alternative Programs and Schools


5. Improving Teaching and Learning
Comprehensive Reform Models


Hands-On Learning

Collective Work By Teachers

Effective Student Assessment

Student Engagement in Teaching and Learning

The Role of Information Technology

Independent Learning


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


7. Implementation
Research, Data, and Evidence

Steps to Effective Implementation



8. Conclusion

"This is a thought-provoking book for school improvement teams and high school faculties to use in jump-starting their school reform. Many popular myths are debunked and out-of-the-box thinking will challenge current paradigms in education."

Kelly VanLaeken, Principal
Ruben A. Cirillo High School, Walworth, NY

"Electrifying. Addresses the reasons why the graduation rate in the United States has declined over the years and explains how this injustice to students can and must be rectified."

Belinda J. Raines, Principal
Northwestern High School, Detroit, MI

"This book offers specific strategies for enhancing the probability that students will fulfill graduation requirements and attain the necessary skills to be successful in life. More importantly, the book captures the essence of what every student needs in order to reach these successful outcomes: To feel connected and valued."

John Rice, Director of Science, and Technology Education
North Syracuse Central School District, NY

"Ben Levin's book is a positive and convincing call to action for every teacher, principal, superintendent, and school board member who wants to make high schools better for learners."

Canadian Education Association, Vo1 52 No. 4, Fall 2012
Education Canada

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Benjamin Levin

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... More About Author

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ISBN: 9781412992244