Achieving College Dreams: How a University-Charter District Partnership Created an Early College…

Hardcover | May 10, 2016

byRhona S. Weinstein, Frank C. Worrell

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Achieving College Dreams: How a University-Charter District Partnership Created an Early College High School tells the story of a remarkable 10-year collaboration between the University of California, Berkeley and Aspire Public Schools to develop and nurture the California College PreparatoryAcademy. Bridging the two cultures--artfully described as "Pac-Man (the charter district) meets chess (the university)"--the school serves as an exemplar in providing low-income and first-generation college youth with an excellent and equitable education. Framed by a longitudinal lens, findings fromcommunity-engaged scholarship, and a diversity of voices from students to superintendents, this book charts the journey from the initial decision to open a school to the high school graduation of its first two classes. The book captures struggle, improvement, and success as it takes readers inside the workings of the partnership, the development of the school, and the spillover of effects across district and university. Confronting the challenge of interweaving rigor and support, its authors explore such criticalingredients as teacher-student advisories; school transition; the home-school divide; building a supportive college-preparatory culture; teaching with depth, relational power, and equity; the forging of an academic identity; and scaling up.At a time of sharply unequal schools, glaring disparities in college readiness, and heightened expectations, Achieving College Dreams uniquely extends the knowledge base about how to better prepare underserved students for college eligibility and success. The book also calls for universities tostep up to the plate as partners with districts to ensure both excellence and equity in secondary education for all children.

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Achieving College Dreams: How a University-Charter District Partnership Created an Early College High School tells the story of a remarkable 10-year collaboration between the University of California, Berkeley and Aspire Public Schools to develop and nurture the California College PreparatoryAcademy. Bridging the two cultures--artfull...

Rhona S. Weinstein is Professor Emerita of Psychology at the University of California, Berkeley. Dr. Weinstein's research focuses on the multilayered dynamics of expectations, self-fulfilling prophecies, educational equity, and school reform. Author of the book Reaching Higher: The Power of Expectations in Schooling (2002), she is the ...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:432 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.01 inPublished:May 10, 2016Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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"The story of the California College Preparatory Academy captures the commitment of a great university, a handful of dedicated professors and educators, and a charter school organization to pave the road to college for underserved youth. I am left to wonder why other universities have failedto follow suit and use their intellectual and material resources to promote college readiness." --Daniel L. Duke, Professor, Curry School of Education, University of Virginia