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Diploma matters : a field guide for college and career readiness

Author: Linda Murray
Publisher: San Francisco : Jossey-Bass, ©2011.
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : English : 1st edView all editions and formats
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"High school should be a gateway to a better life, not a gatekeeper. Too many students wind up with too few choices, locked in by what was decided for them by a broken system. We've been handing over a diploma that holds an empty promise. In this practical field book, readers will find a "toolkit" developed by The Education Trust. The tools in the kit help school leaders and teachers examine the current high school  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
Additional Physical Format: Print version:
Murray, Linda, 1944-
Diploma matters.
San Francisco : Jossey-Bass, ©2011
(DLC) 2011014365
(OCoLC)697774593
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Linda Murray
ISBN: 9781118077320 1118077326 9781118077337 1118077334 9781118077344 1118077342 1283176122 9781283176125
OCLC Number: 750174757
Notes: Includes index.
Description: 1 online resource (xxi, 170 pages) : illustrations
Contents: Introduction : San Jose unified: a success story ; What did we do? --
1. Dispelling the myths : Myth 1: A college-prep curriculum hurts kids who aren't going to college ; Myth 2: The curriculum will be watered down ; Myth 3: Grades will plummet ; Myth 4: Students will disengage and drop out ; Myth 5: Disadvantaged students will suffer the most ; Myth 6: High school is the wrong place to make changes ; Myth to reality: higher standards help everyone --
2. Expectations matter : Setting the foundation for reform ; Finding common ground ; A defining moment: the students speak ; How good is good enough? ; Getting the teachers' union on board ; Setting our stake in the sand --
3. The journey through high school : How do you turn ideas into action? ; The war room ; Analysis of student transcripts ; The master schedule ; Just-in-time interventions ; Getting serious about summer school ; Summer bridge ; Creating opportunities for acceleration ; Students with special needs and English language learners ; Reaching the outliers: safety nets and supports ; Bricks, mortar, and science labs --
4. Teachers: a force to reckon with : Finding the teachers we needed ; Teaching the teachers: professional development that works ; Accountability with collaboration ; Results first --
5. The educational opportunity audit : How long will it take? ; Start by defining your requirements ; Gathering your team ; Gathering your materials ; Collecting achievement test data ; Transcript study ; Master schedule analysis ; Focus groups ; Community conversation ; Surveying department heads ; Educational opportunity audit findings. 6. The blueprint : Here's where the real change begins ; Setting up committees to get the work done ; Work to be done by district departments ; Developing action plans --
7. A look at "district X" : This is what it looks like ; District X: transcript study ; District X: master schedule ; District X: focus groups and community conversation ; Recommendations based on all findings --
8. College and career readiness in our nation's schools : How is college and career readiness playing out in other districts? ; Yes, you can --
9. The journey continues : Now what? ; Creating a college-going culture ; A data-driven district ; Where the work is heading ; The good news: universal access ; "D" grades remain the greatest barrier to college eligibility ; The path is clear --
Appendixes : 1. Focus group protocols : Protocol for student focus group work ; Protocol for teacher focus group work ; Protocol for counselor focus group work ; Protocol for parent and community focus group work --
2. Community conversation protocol : Plenary session ; Breakout sessions ; Closing plenary --
3. Survey protocols : Budget survey ; Curriculum and instruction survey ; Human resource survey ; Facilities survey ; Professional development ; Safety net and support interventions survey ; Special education, alternative education, and English learner survey ; Career technical education (CTE) survey.
Responsibility: by Linda Murray ; foreword by Kati Haycock.

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High school should be a gateway to a better life, not a gatekeeper. Too many students wind up with too few choices, locked in by what was decided for them by a broken system. We ve been handing  Read more...
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