School Improvement

Comprehensive Reform for Urban High Schools: A Talent Development Approach

This book offers an alternative to current reform efforts, the Talent Development approach, detailing organizational, curricular, and instructional strategies that provide practitioners with a blueprint for whole school reform. The book presents the story of what happened in urban high schools when this approach was implemented. There are eight chapters in three parts.

Exploring Innovative Schools and Policy Supports that Prepare College and Career Ready Students

The American Youth Policy Forum (AYPF) recently brought several state policymakers on a trip to New York City to observe schools focusing on a set of ‘deeper learning’ competencies necessary for success in college and careers. These competencies include critical thinking, communication, collaboration, mastery of core content, and learning how to learn.

A Lesson in Blended Learning: Carpe Diem Collegiate High School

Carpe Diem Schools is a public school system in Arizona serving students both online and in person. Carpe Diem Collegiate High School and Middle School was founded in 2002 and began implementing its blended learning model in the 2005-2006 school year. Today, the High School serves approximately 160 students, both online and in person.

Building Pathways to College for All Students

On June 28th, 2012, the U.S. Department of Education held a Webinar for recipients of School Improvement Grants (SIG) titled Postsecondary Bridging: Building Pathways to College for All Students. The Webinar featured two school districts that have worked to ensure that every student is college ready. Both school districts have a large percentage of students from economically disadvantaged backgrounds and with limited English proficiency.

A Look at Personalized Learning Pathways in New England

The New England Secondary School Consortium has released a brief entitled “What are Personalized Learning Pathways?” as part of their “Leadership in Action” series.  The brief offers an overview of personalized learning, including key components, such as:
  • Giving students agency to design their own education and learn at their own pace
  • Encouraging learning opportunities outside of the classroom


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