ACCESSing School: Teaching Struggling Readers to Achieve Academic and Personal Success
This book, though focused on one teacher in one school with one group of students, shows all teachers what can be accomplished. While the collective voice gives us community, it is the individual voice that gives us strength. Jim's voice gives us much strength, much strength indeed.
How can we make the tools and habits of academic literacy available to every student? Jim Burke answered this question by creating ACCESS, a program for struggling students he began five years ago at Burlingame High School-a program where seventy percent of incoming ninth graders go on to college. In ACCESSing School, Burke examines academic success initiatives around the country, identifying their key components, then detailing how their practices apply to ACCESS so that you can adapt its principles to meet your school's unique needs.
ACCESSing School offers a reading-intensive alternative to ineffective remedial courses. It synthesizes the findings of recent studies with both the insight Jim has gleaned from teaching ACCESS classes and the "Four Cs of Academic Success" he identified in School Smarts. ACCESSing School offers a model for all schools, complete with:
For purchasers of the book, reproducibles can be downloaded at http://www.heinemann.com/accessingSchool.
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I have been a Doorways Mentor for the City of St Petersburg Florida Lakewood High School for more than three years.
This book was one of my inspirational sources for this great venture.When I saw the recommendation to incorporate Toastmasters Youth Leadership I was sold for good.
Students respond to self directed learning as long as the academic goals are still tied to performance. I have been writing a companion book for the Youth Leadership for the 26 weekly classes of my mentoring and Jim Burke was the inspiration for that.
Seeing examples of involvement and how creatively teachers overcome their classrooms obstacles is exactly why this book inspired me.
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