A Gendered Choice: Designing and Implementing Single-Sex Programs and Schools

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Corwin Press, 2010 - Education - 177 pages
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From the Back Cover: A Comprehensive road map for single-gender initiatives! Over 400 public schools in the United States offer single-gender classes or programs, and the number of schools contemplating such initiatives is growing at a rapid pace. In this book, David W. Chadwell, the first state coordinator for single-gender programs, offers a step-by-step process with practical planning tools for implementing high-quality single-sex programs and schools. Organized into three parts-considering, designing, and implementing single-gender initiatives in local school sites and districts-this resource includes detailed, essential information on: restructuring to accommodate single-gender classes; communicating with parents and overcoming resistance; understanding relevant legal issues; facilitating instructional changes; creating a 1- to 3-year plan. Featuring numerous vignettes, current demographic data, and critical insights for professional development, A Gendered Choice provides everything educators need to know about creating single-gender schools or programs.
 

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Contents

CONSIDERING SINGLEGENDER EDUCATION
5
What We Know About SingleGender Programs
25
Political Opposition to SingleGender Education
37
Frequently Asked Questions
45
DESIGNING A SINGLEGENDER PROGRAM
55
Legal Issues and Logistics
69
Communication
87
Building Community
96
IMPLEMENTING A SINGLEGENDER PROGRAM
111
Program Evaluation
125
Sustaining a SingleGender Program
136
REPRODUCIBLE RESOURCES
149
Organizations for the Learning of Boys and Girls
156
Sample Letter to Parents to Survey Their Interest
162
Index
171
Copyright

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David Chadwell is the coordinator for Single-Gender Initiatives within the South Carolina Department of Education. He works with schools across the state at all stages of implementing single-gender programs. He is also a consultant to principals across the country as they work to create single-gender programs and train their teachers. His comments on single-gender education have appeared in multiple media sources, including MSNBC, ABCNews Online, New York Times Magazine, Education Week, Education Next, USA Today, National Association of Elementary School Principals, and multiple state and local newspapers. In 2004 he helped start the first all-day middle school single-gender program in South Carolina. His career in education has taken him from a private Quaker school in Philadelphia, PA, to an international school in Tianjin, China, to public schools in Columbia, SC. He received his master’s degree in teaching from the University of South Carolina and his master’s degree in philosophy and social policy from The American University.

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