Standards of Mind and Heart: Creating the Good High School
This is the remarkable story of the creation of a new kind of high school that truly aspires to educate all students to high standards. Believing that a deeply personalized culture can prevent the senseless violence that has invaded many public schools, educators at Souhegan High School in Amherst, New Hampshire set out to create a safe, caring, and academically rigorous school. In this volume, Silva (a teacher) and Mackin (a principal) chronicle their experiences as they worked through the many challenges that ultimately resulted in this extraordinarily successful school. Featuring their honest reflections and the voices of other participants, this book:
-- Portrays a real public high school (not a small alternative school) that is successfully implementing most of the reform practices recommended by national reform models.
-- Demonstrates how schools can strike a balance between the need for stricter safety measures and the social and emotional needs of each student, thus avoiding violent outbursts in schools.
-- Details the school's structure, curriculum, professional culture, and systems of accountability for all students in a heterogeneous, inclusionary setting.
-- Describes the use of teaming, advisory groups, exhibitions, and senior projects.
-- Provides a working model of the "Breaking Ranks" recommendations, including the importance of "personalization" and democracy in education.
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I love the ideas behind Souhegan High School, and I wish that more schools would adopt their practices. This is the story of how this school started and the way it strives to approach high school ... Read full review
The Change Process Begins
From Mindset to Mission
From Mission to Practice
Beyond Seat Time
Building and Sustaining a Strong
The Change Process Continues
Ten Common Principles of the Coalition
About the Authors
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