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Ewing, Eve L. – American Educator, 2019
This article chronicles a community coalition's efforts to revitalize a "failing" school, the Walter H. Dyett High School in Chicago. It tells the story of one group of people fighting to keep a school open and, moreover, to see it reflect their vision for their community and their children's education. We see that this community's…
Descriptors: Community Involvement, High Schools, Activism, Social Justice
Vincente, Joseph – American Educator, 2017
In this article, Joseph Vincente, an assistant principal and math and instructional coach at East Side Community High School in New York City, describes East Side's collaborative structures as well as the norms and conditions that support them. Collaboration underpins how the teachers at East Side structure and conduct most of their work, how they…
Descriptors: High Schools, Teacher Collaboration, Secondary School Teachers, High School Students
Barlowe, Avram; Cook, Ann – American Educator, 2016
For more than two decades, the New York Performance Standards Consortium, a coalition of 38 public high schools, has steered clear of high-stakes testing, which superficially assess student learning. Instead, the consortium's approach relies on performance-based assessments--essays, research papers, science experiments, and high-level mathematical…
Descriptors: Learner Engagement, Performance Based Assessment, High Schools, Public Schools
Dubin, Jennifer – American Educator, 2015
In 2007, Walter P. Webb Middle School faced a crisis. One evening in January, the superintendent at the time held a meeting at the school in Austin, Texas, to let students, parents, teachers, and community members know that at the end of the academic year, their school would close. Thanks to a new state law focused on accountability, the…
Descriptors: Community Schools, Middle Schools, Institutional Survival, Community Action
Doyle, Christopher L. – American Educator, 2012
This author contends that contemporary issues classes no longer have currency, as standardized test results are the litmus test for education. In many schools, students are isolated from firsthand accounts and formal study of events that textbooks will one day proclaim as defining experiences of their generation. According to Doyle, schools tend…
Descriptors: Merit Pay, Test Results, Citizenship, Democracy
American Educator, 2012
This article presents an interview with Richard Luther of Tenafly High School in Tenafly, New Jersey. A 40-year veteran teacher who is retiring this year, Luther always assigns his Advanced Placement (AP) U.S. History students an extensive research paper and integrates their research into their coursework and preparation for the AP exam. In this…
Descriptors: History, Advanced Placement Programs, Writing Processes, High School Students
American Educator, 2012
In the high school history textbooks children read, too often they find that labor's role in American history--and labor's important accomplishments, which changed American life--are misrepresented, downplayed, or ignored. That is a tragedy because labor played (and continues to play) a key role in the development of American democracy and the…
Descriptors: United States History, High Schools, Textbooks, Democracy
Rosenbaum, James E.; Becker, Kelly Iwanaga – American Educator, 2011
Successful early college high schools (ECHSs) are formed through partnerships between high schools and colleges (usually community colleges). Think of it as preparation through acceleration. ECHSs enroll disadvantaged students who have not excelled with ordinary grade-level academic content and have them take college courses while still in high…
Descriptors: High Schools, Higher Education, Disadvantaged, Educational Change
Nodine, Thad R. – American Educator, 2011
In 2005, the Hidalgo Independent School District made an ambitious commitment. In partnership with nearby University of Texas-Pan American, the University of Texas System, the Communities Foundation of Texas/Texas High School Project, and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the district promised that all of its students, not just a select…
Descriptors: High Schools, Private Schools, College Programs, College Credits
American Educator, 2010
With policymakers across the country proposing questionable ways to evaluate teachers, it's time to listen to those who know what supports and systems are needed to enhance instruction: teachers. This article explores the work of professional educators--not just their accomplishments, but also their challenges--so that the lessons they have…
Descriptors: Educational Administration, Unions, Faculty Development, Presidents
Weingarten, Randi – American Educator, 2010
In a global knowledge economy, filling in the bubbles on a standardized test isn't going to prepare children to succeed in life. This is the time to shed the old conflicts and come together. In this article, the author suggests a new path forward--toward a 21st-century education system, a serious and comprehensive reform plan to transform U.S.…
Descriptors: Civil Rights, Standardized Tests, Educational Change, Teaching Methods
Burke, Jim – American Educator, 1999
Presents several letters written to one high school English teacher's students after they complained that they hated reading. The teacher wrote to the local newspaper, asking readers to write to his students about their experiences with books. The letters, written by a diverse group of people, present personal stories about the positive effects of…
Descriptors: High School Students, High Schools, Reading Attitudes, Reading Motivation
American Educator, 1996
Advanced placement (AP) tests in the United States are one of the best examples of home-grown high standards, but only a few students participate in them. Increasing student access to AP examinations offers a ready-made approach to high standards that can be expanded easily. (SLD)
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Access to Education, Advanced Placement Programs, Educational Change
Adelman, Clifford – American Educator, 1999
The Scholastic Assessment Tests (SAT) measures students' general learned abilities, but student test performance is influenced as much by family environment as it is by formal education. Many colleges use SAT scores in admissions decisions. Students would be far better served if there was a concentration on other ways of predicting success in…
Descriptors: Academic Ability, College Admission, College Bound Students, Curriculum
Mirel, Jeffrey; Angus, David – American Educator, 1994
Close investigation of trends in high school student course taking indicates that curriculum differentiation has had a negative effect on the education of many young people, particularly working-class and black students. It is argued that national goals and standards, wisely developed and applied, can benefit American education. (SLD)
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Black Students, Course Selection (Students), Educational Change
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