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Why Does Teacher Talk Still Dominate High School Classrooms?

Why Does Teacher Talk Still Dominate High School Classrooms? | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it
Teacher talk still dominates high school classrooms, but it doesn't have to, and here are a few reasons why.
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High school should be more like preschool - The Hechinger Report

High school should be more like preschool - The Hechinger Report | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it
The idea of making high school more like preschool is not a new one. Deborah Meier, the godmother of the progressive education movement, borrowed from early education ideas when she designed Central Park East High School in 1985. The small “hands-on” and “child-centered” high school on New York City’s Upper East Side sparked many copies and fueled a small schools movement that dominated education reform for a decade.
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Bored Out of Their Minds

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A 2013 Gallup poll of 500,000 students in grades five through 12 found that nearly eight in 10 elementary students were “engaged” with school, that is, attentive, inquisitive, and generally optimistic. By high school, the number dropped to four in 10. A 2015 follow-up study found that less than a third of 11th-graders felt engaged. When Gallup asked teens in 2004 to select the top three words that describe how they feel in school from a list of 14 adjectives, “bored” was chosen most often, by half the students. “Tired” was second, at 42 percent. Only 2 percent said they were never bored. The evidence suggests that, on a daily basis, the vast majority of teenagers seriously contemplate banging their heads against their desks.
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The Amazing Adolescent Brain: Excerpt

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"Moody. Reckless. Impractical. Insecure. Distracted. These are all words commonly used to describe adolescents. But what if we recast these traits in a positive light? Teens possess insight, passion, idealism, sensitivity, and creativity in abundance—all qualities that can make a significant positive contribution to society."

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What one assistant principal learned from shadowing a student for a day

What one assistant principal learned from shadowing a student for a day | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it
Karen Ritter, an assistant principal at a high school just outside of Chicago, wanted to see her school through a student’s eyes. So she decided to follow 9th grader Alan Garcia, who came to her asking to be switched out of the many remedial classes in which he is enrolled, hoping to get a clear view of his experience in the classroom. Special correspondent John Tulenko of Education Week reports.
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Harnessing the Incredible Learning Potential of the Adolescent Brain

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“[Adolescence is] a stage of life when we can really thrive, but we need to take advantage of the opportunity,” said Temple University neuroscientist Laurence Steinberg at a Learning and the Brain conference in Boston. Steinberg has spent his career studying how the adolescent brain develops and believes there is a fundamental disconnect between the popular characterizations of adolescents and what’s really going on in their brains.
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How high school would be different if students could design it - The Hechinger Report

At a kid-designed high school, more technology and dancing in the halls, less testing
by SARAH GARLAND February 26, 2016
The day would start later and end earlier. Testing and school uniforms would be banned. There would be dancing in the hallways. And – some changes adults might get behind, too – there’d be more art, more projects and more computers.
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A student tells teachers: Show students you care and high schools will improve - The Hechinger Report

A student tells teachers: Show students you care and high schools will improve - The Hechinger Report | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it
William Smith, formerly an alternative school where more than half of students are poor enough to receive free or reduced-price lunch, went from dropout factory to a model of success. In 2008, only about a quarter of seniors earned a diploma, according to state data. Last year, 66 percent graduated. Educators attribute the transformation in part to the school’s adoption of project-based learning and a new emphasis on leadership among its 300 students.
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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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Be The Change You Want to See By Shifting Traditional High School

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At this big traditional high school teachers are taking the lead in the push for interdisciplinary, future-focused teaching practices.
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From Activism to Inequality: This Week's Top 7 Education Stories

The School that Banned Homework 

High Schools Are Failing to Prepare Students for Higher Education How Jeff Sessions Stymied Educational Equality in Alabama 

Is This the Classroom of the Future? 

The High-School Student Detained Due to Trump’s Immigration Ban 

The Hot New Brand of Higher Education 

 How Activist Groups Mobilize for a Presidential Fight 

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Maine Voices: Students can run themselves ragged with homework, tests, applications - The Portland Press Herald

Maine Voices: Students can run themselves ragged with homework, tests, applications - The Portland Press Herald | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it
A high-stress school environment can feel like much too much for teens – especially seniors.
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Easton High School makes national ‘beating the odds’ list

Easton High School makes national ‘beating the odds’ list | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it
Easton Junior-Senior High School has found itself as the lone Maine school on Newsweek’s list of 500 American high schools that are overcoming barriers to student success. Maine news, sports, politics and election results, and obituaries from the Bangor Daily News.
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8 Ways to Encourage Family Engagement in Secondary Schools

8 Ways to Encourage Family Engagement in Secondary Schools | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it
When a school makes the decision to actively engage its diverse community of families, the benefits far outweigh the effort. Check out these eight ways to do it.
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In Maine, Intervention Smooths 9th Graders' Paths

The Building Assets-Reducing Risks program now being tested in Maine is among a handful of promising ideas that started as federal i3 grants.
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High School Diplomas and Career and College Readiness: Time to Get Serious

High School Diplomas and Career and College Readiness: Time to Get Serious | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it
Marc Tucker explains how states can make high school graduation a meaningful indication that the graduate is truly ready for college and career and in so doing create new, more effective systems of accountability for our schools.
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A high school that refuses to conform to standardization

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Third in a series of profiles of high schools that have been honored for being 'Schools of Opportunity.'
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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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