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High School Leadership Summit Transforming High Schools Linda Clarke Executive Director Houston A+ Challenge October 8, 2003 Archived Information
October 8, 2003© Houston A+ Challenge 2 Project Partners Houston Schools for a New Society Carnegie Corporation, Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation Houston A+ Challenge Houston ISD Regional Initiative Five Houston metro area school districts Aldine ISD Alief ISD Houston ISD Humble ISD Spring Branch ISD Houston A+ Challenge
October 8, 2003© Houston A+ Challenge 3 Key Elements Reconstruct large, comprehensive, traditional high schools into small, personalized learning communities Develop and implement new small high schools
October 8, 2003© Houston A+ Challenge 4 Large Schools Regroup into small, semi-autonomous, theme-based academies with no more than 300 students each Examples Fine Arts, Business and Technology, Health Science Technology, Industrial and Engineering Technology, Magnet Technology
October 8, 2003© Houston A+ Challenge 5 Large Schools (cont.) Add adult advocate for each student for academic and social support from 9th grade through graduation Examples Meet 35 minutes per week one-on-one with students Multi-grade advisory groups that allow teachers to keep the same group of students for four years regardless of retention or change in grade status
October 8, 2003© Houston A+ Challenge 6 Large Schools (cont.) Teacher professional development that improves the quality of instruction Teachers identify need Small group delivery model 90-minute weekly meeting outside of instructional time Examples CO-Nect Kagan Cooperative Learning All teachers gifted/talented certified
October 8, 2003© Houston A+ Challenge 7 Large Schools (cont.) Develop teachers as leaders Teacher-led action teams American Leadership Forum
October 8, 2003© Houston A+ Challenge 8 Large Schools (cont.) Literacy instruction is embedded in all core subjects Literacy coach Work with content teachers in the classroom Each core-subject department outlines strategies to identify and address areas of weakness
October 8, 2003© Houston A+ Challenge 9 Large Schools (cont.) Curriculum is aligned, rigorous and based on standards essential for successful entry into college or the workplace Curriculum provides authentic, real-world experiences Example Service Learning
October 8, 2003© Houston A+ Challenge 10 Large Schools (cont.) Internships for students Externships for teachers Faculty shadow professionals in businesses related to their academy
October 8, 2003© Houston A+ Challenge 11 Large Schools (cont.) Each school develops a school-wide, systemic set of interventions for one-on- one student remediation Students' strengths and weaknesses are pinpointed with data Teachers focus on problem areas Academy structure allows teachers to quickly address issues: struggling academics, excessive tardies & absences, behavior Utilize community programs Communities in Schools
October 8, 2003© Houston A+ Challenge 12 Large Schools (cont.) All teachers belong to professional learning communities that regularly meet to examine student work, then analyze how to alter curriculum and instruction to improve student achievement Example Critical Friends Group protocols
October 8, 2003© Houston A+ Challenge 13 Large Schools (cont.) Community involvement Parent academies Town hall forums Community advisory councils Free media Business oversight committee Community based organizations
October 8, 2003© Houston A+ Challenge 14 Status As of fall 2003, 18 of 24 comprehensive HISD high schools have begun restructuring 11 regional high schools begun restructuring 6 more HISD schools expected to begin in fall 2004
October 8, 2003© Houston A+ Challenge 15 Model Reagan HS Process model for large school transformation in Houston Met Adequate Yearly Progress for NCLB Achieved significant student progress Began work in 1999
October 8, 2003© Houston A+ Challenge 16 New Small Schools Open three early college high schools by 2005 Five-year program Housed on community college campus Students graduate with a high school degree and two-year college degree
October 8, 2003© Houston A+ Challenge 17 New Small Schools (cont.) Schools limited to 400 students Service Learning Authentic assessment Adult advocate
October 8, 2003© Houston A+ Challenge 18 New Small Schools (cont.) Use time differently Students complete curriculum at own pace Start classes one hour later on Mondays Teachers use hour for peer-group meeting to assess students’ progress
October 8, 2003© Houston A+ Challenge 19 New Small Schools (cont.) Personalized academic plan for each student Tutoring/mentoring One day week students chose content- teacher to visit for one-on-one instruction in the morning
October 8, 2003© Houston A+ Challenge 20 New Small Schools (cont.) Students take ownership Design extracurricular clubs Outdoor chess Gamesters Rap band Voice in other decision making
October 8, 2003© Houston A+ Challenge 21 New Small Schools (cont.) Teachers certified in content area Teachers have masters degree Will become adjunct professors at community college
October 8, 2003© Houston A+ Challenge 22 Status First early college opened fall 2003 by Houston Community College, Houston ISD and Houston A+ Challenge
October 8, 2003© Houston A+ Challenge 23 Design Comprehensive, three-pronged approach Restructure schools Align district to new work Engage community
October 8, 2003© Houston A+ Challenge 24 Leadership New Visions in Leadership Academy All principals (new schools and large schools) participate District superintendents (five districts )
October 8, 2003© Houston A+ Challenge 25 Accountability Peer Review by community State of Texas standards No Child Left Behind
October 8, 2003Houston A+ Challenge26 1415 Louisiana, Box 9 Houston, Texas 77002 www.houstonaplus.org
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