Rethinking High School: Best Practice In Teaching, Learning, And Leadership by Harvey DanielsRethinking High School: Best Practice In Teaching, Learning, And Leadership by Harvey Daniels

Rethinking High School: Best Practice In Teaching, Learning, And Leadership

byHarvey Daniels, Marilyn Bizar, Steven Zemelman

Paperback | November 29, 2000

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In their previous book, Best Practice: New Standards for Teaching and Learning in America’s Schools, Daniels and his colleagues drew on the national curriculum standards to define good teaching and learning. Then, the authors personally put those standards to work on the West side of Chicago, starting the city’s first new public high school in thirty years.

In this book, the authors take us along on that adventure, from the earliest planning meetings to the school’s first graduation six years later. They tell exactly how Best Practice High School got started, what worked and what didn’t, where they stumbled and soared, and what is still left to do.

But this is more than the story of one innovative school. Rethinking High School is designed to be a template for change. Organized around eleven fundamental choices that all secondary schools must make, the book serves as a checklist, an agenda, and a study guide for high school reform. Instead of dictating right answers, the authors pose key questions and recount a range of creative alternatives developed by schools around the country. By offering this rich array of stories and models, the book speaks directly to readers who wish to improve existing high schools, to break larger schools into smaller ones, or start new high schools from the ground up.

Rethinking High School–complete with a companion website–articulates a clear vision of successful secondary school reform. Acknowledging the monumental challenges of renewing high schools, it shows how ordinary but determined people, working together, can accomplish the extraordinary.

Title:Rethinking High School: Best Practice In Teaching, Learning, And LeadershipFormat:PaperbackDimensions:320 pages, 9.35 × 7.6 × 0.75 inPublished:November 29, 2000Publisher:Pearson EducationLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0325003246

ISBN - 13:9780325003245

Appropriate for ages: 12 - 17

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Editorial Reviews

?We must use the ideas and experiences in this marvelous book as pilots, beacons, and exemplars for our own best practices in our schools and communities. . . . We all owe a lot to the authors, the teachers, the kids, and the founding fathers and mothers of this school for having the courage to put a credo into practice and for putting it down on paper for others to take heart.?-Deborah Meier