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New Hope for Urban High Schools Cultural Reform, Moral Leadership, and Community Partnership

ISBN-10: 0275991652

ISBN-13: 9780275991654

Edition: 2007

Authors: Lisa Gonsalves, John Leonard, Lee Teitel

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The last sixty years have seen tremendous strides in high school education. More young people of all races and backgrounds are graduating from high school, with more credits in tougher courses, than ever before. However, our dropout rate is still too high and far too many graduates are not prepared for college. High school reform for city schools has been particularly challenging where poverty and racism have undermined the high school experience. Educators have relied upon two reform strategies: the curricular strategy focuses on the academic content that is delivered in the classroom, content reformers have adjusted. They also have restructured the high school itself to maximize the impact of the classroom. This book offers an additional strategy, one essential for real change: the cultural reform strategy. Cultural change--a fundamental change in the beliefs, attitudes and expectations of the stakeholders--is difficult to achieve. Yet, without a change in the culture of the high school, curricular and structural reforms will have limited impact on raising student engagement. The authors illustrate the history of high school reform, and develop a case for the necessity of cultural reform, by taking an intimate look at one very typical urban high school--Dorchester High School in Boston. Dorchester High faced trends, policies, and challenges similar to those of high schools all over the country, so that the lessons learned there should be instructive for urban high schools across America. Gonsalves and Leonard also examine Dorchester High in the context of community partnerships and relationships.
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Book details

List price: $84.00
Copyright year: 2007
Publisher: ABC-CLIO, LLC
Publication date: 3/30/2007
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 264
Size: 6.50" wide x 9.50" long x 1.25" tall
Weight: 1.232
Language: English

LISA GONSALVES is Assistant Professor at the Graduate College of Education, University of Massachusetts, Boston. She also serves as Faculty Coordinator of the Teach Next Year Professional Development School Teacher Preparation Program at Dorchester High School.

Lee Teitel is Associate Professor of Masters and Doctoral level programs in Educational Leadership at the University of Massachusetts. Teitel has been a researcher, writer, consultant, speaker, and professional development school advocate since 1989. His work focuses on PDS start-up, institutionalization, and impact issues; new leadership roles in PDSs for teachers and principals; and the development and implementation of national standards for PDSs. He has led workshops and presentations at AACTE and AERA and written numerous articles and monographs on these topics, including two PDS literature reviews and a handbook for the NCATE PDS Standards Project and booklets on governance and documenting PDS impacts for AACTE.

Introduction : reforming our most troubled urban high schools
The history of Dorchester High School 1945 to 2006
Demographics, discrimination, and decline : the destruction of Dorchester High 1945 to 1970
The fragmentation of culture and community : the long, slow decline of Dorchester High School 1969 to 1982
Help is on the way : the community comes to Dorchester High School 1982 to 1989
Reports from the circus : the community goes after the school committee 1982 to 1991
Back to square one at Dorchester High School 1989 to 1995
The community returns to Dorchester High School 1996 to 1999
Bruises and betrayals : the last years of Dorchester High School 1999 to 2003
Learning how to educate together : the hope and promise of small high schools 2003 to 2006
Lessons learned for urban education
A conceptual framework for enacting cultural reform in struggling urban high schools : re-engaging the community
School culture and school partnerships
Consider the challenges of urban adolescents
The ecological systems model and the development of the school leader
School values and moral authority