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

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


November 2011 | 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.

 
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

"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
Key features
  • Numerous practical suggestions
  • Chapters end with conclusions and take-Aways
  • Loaded with examples and cases
  • Numerous weblinks and references for further information

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