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How do you fix America’s high schools? We’re going to find out.

How do you fix America’s high schools? We’re going to find out. | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it
The Hechinger Report is embarking on a two-year series about high school reform.
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These Are The Best Public High Schools In America

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Students at these high schools are apparently being educated at some of the finest public institutions in the country, according to a new list out from Newsweek.

Newsweek's annual list of the top high schools in America ranked 500 schools this yea...
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Fixing the high school

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Grant Wiggins examines the "typical" American high school by analyzing the results of a survey he developed. This is the first of 5 entries about the survey--find links to the others in the sidebar.

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WHAT ARE THE KEY INDICATORS OF “SUCCESS” FOR HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS? | REL Central

WHAT ARE THE KEY INDICATORS OF “SUCCESS” FOR HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS? | REL Central | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it

This comprehensive collection of resources from the Marzano Research Laboratory about what is really important in order for high school students to be successful makes a nice counter-balance to the US News rankings released last week, which, of course, are based on a pitifully small number of indicators.

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Top Maine High Schools | Best High Schools | US News - US News

Top Maine High Schools | Best High Schools | US News - US News | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it
See the best high schools in Maine and view data and profile information of schools in Maine.
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ICYMI, the US News high school rankings were released last week. These rankings are based on student:teacher ration, college preparedness as measured by AP (or, in a few cases, IB) test results, and performance on state math and reading tests.

The link above goes to Maine's top 10.

Here's the full list for Maine: 

http://www.usnews.com/education/best-high-schools/maine/rankings?int=c0b4c1

Here's where to locate your state's schools: 

http://www.usnews.com/education/best-high-schools

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Want To Improve Test Scores? Start the School Day Later and Take Away Student Devices at Night -- THE Journal

When the school day starts later and students leave technology outside their bedrooms at night, grades and student health both improve due to increased sleep, according to a new report from researchers at the University of Minnesota.
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Friendship Starts in Latin Class

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High-schoolers' social lives are profoundly shaped by the courses they take—for better and for worse.
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Fifteen Suggestions for Raising the Quality of the High School Experience in a 21st Century World

Fifteen Suggestions for Raising the Quality of the High School Experience in a 21st Century World | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it
Elliott Seif is a long time educator, teacher, college professor, curriculum director, author and Understanding by Design trainer.
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LA Schools Throw Out Suspensions For 'Willful Defiance' : NPR

LA Schools Throw Out Suspensions For 'Willful Defiance' : NPR | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it
Students deemed "willfully defiant" accounted for nearly half of California's 700,000 suspensions last year.
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Carnegie Corporation of New York: Opportunity by Design: New High School Models for Student Success

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Two publications from the Carnegie Corporation make recommendations for reforming schools, especially high schools:  "Opportunity by Design" and the accompanying "10 School Design Principles." 

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Does Athletic Success Come at the Expense of Academic Success?

Via Educationnext.org

The answer, according to the results of a study conducted by two researchers who analyzed the academic performance of students at Ohio high schools, may surprise you. 

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U.S. High Schoolers Get Another F in Financial Literacy, New Study Shows

U.S. High Schoolers Get Another F in Financial Literacy, New Study Shows | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it
Another study is out showing the nation's youth with a poor grasp of basic financial concepts and a knowledge gap favoring boys.
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A New Kind of Social Anxiety in the Classroom

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Kids who constantly use phones and computers tend to be more nervous in face-to-face conversations. What can teachers do to help?
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Ranking America's High Schools - The Washington Post

Ranking America's High Schools - The Washington Post | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it
The High School Challenge: explore high schools and their scholastic rankings from across the nation.
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How the Challenge works:

http://www.washingtonpost.com/local/education/abcs-of-americas-most-challenging-high-schools/2014/04/02/bf19b1c2-b8f1-11e3-899e-bb708e3539dd_story.html

 

Don't miss Jay Mathews analysis of the list: 

http://www.washingtonpost.com/local/education/americas-most-challenging-high-schools-2014/2014/04/03/b3f480d2-b8f2-11e3-899e-bb708e3539dd_story.html

 

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Leadership for Education Innovation: High Schools

"Without effective high schools, the social contract with young people that lies at the heart of the American dream--Invest in yourself, work hard and learn, and you will have opportunities for rewarding work and meaningful choices about your future--is clearly at risk. While there are broader, non-education factors involved in our country's high rates of child poverty and growing inequality that need to be addressed, the stakes are high and the need is urgent for redesigning our high schools. We need to ask, as rigorously as we can, what it will take to get to 90% graduation rates with college readiness in the coming decade."

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Our View: Maine schools’ high rankings don’t mean problems are over (The Portland Press Herald / Maine Sunday Telegram Editorial)

Our View: Maine schools’ high rankings don’t mean problems are over (The Portland Press Herald / Maine Sunday Telegram Editorial) | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it
Low-income families need more support so their kids come to class ready to learn.
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All Work, No Play: Why High School Students Should Have Fun

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In this post, Sarah Fine asks why we see play as so central for young children and again for creative professional work, but treat high schools as play-free zones. She argues for why we should care about playful adolescence, and gives several examples of schools that are realizing these goals in practice.
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Before you skip right over this (those of us on the verge of April break are seeing quite enough playfulness thank you very much), it's not about letting students have recess in your classroom, it's actually a very interesting article about "playful learning."

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Officials, students seeking school schedule solution (Scarborough Leader)

By Michael Kelley Staff Writer

"Creating a high school schedule can be a careful experiment in balance and time management. As Scarborough High School students, like their peers across the state, work to balance their academics, extracurricular activities, social life, employment and other responsibilities, many of them are finding it difficult to fit the classes they want to take into their high school careers."

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Is Adult Life “Nothing But High School”? « Annie Murphy Paul

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“When you get to be our age, you all of a sudden realize that you are being ruled by people you went to high school with,” noted the late novelist Kurt Vonnegut, Jr. “You all of a sudden catch on that life is nothing but high school.”

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Career-focused classes give students head start

High Schools are finding ways for students to take "career-focused courses" other than traditional vocational offerings.

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The damaging messages of proms

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Rachel Simmons says proms teach girls to value money, conventional beauty, and to wait to be asked out.
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I know that prom is a treasured rite of passage in high school, but I do wonder what we, as educators, can do to mitigate some of the more damaging social messages proms perpetuate.  Simmons discusses here what girls learn from the prom experience--I'd love to see a similar list of what boys learn (obviously, many of the same things, but some specific to their gender as well).

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Experts Make a Case for Later School Start Times

Getting adequate sleep is critical to brain development, memory function, and cognitive skills in children and teenagers, experts and advocates tell a symposium in Maryland. Pushing back school start times helps ensure that they get enough rest.
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More sleep for teens? Montgomery petition signed by thousands.

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We all complain about high school hours and how inappropriate they are for the adolescent's sleep patterns--in Montgomery County, Maryland, a parent is leading an effort to actually do something about it.

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School Now Run By Teachers, Union, Had Turbulent History

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This piece comes to us courtesy of New Haven Independent. 

A fascinating story about how one small inner-city high school in New Haven is trying to pick up the pieces (in the 70s they were an avant garde magnet school) and re-establish themselves.  The really interesting part?  The reform is being led and enacted by the teachers themselves.

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