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Author Sammon, Grace M.

Title Creating and sustaining small learning communities / Grace Sammon.

Published Thousand Oaks, Calif. : Corwin Press, 2007.


Location Call No. Status
 UniM Bund  373.12 SAMM {Bund81 20190820}    AVAILABLE
Edition 2nd ed.
Physical description xvii, 227 pages : illustrations ; 28 cm + 1 CD-ROM (4 3/4 in.)
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index.
Contents The journey begins -- Background -- The mandate for school reform -- Benefits of small learning communities -- Who makes it happen? The practitioner's role -- Key elements of effective redesign efforts -- Looking at design options -- At a glance: summing it up and next steps -- Formation, study and awareness: the sum of the parts -- Understanding the process of change -- What do we want a graduate to look like? -- What does the ideal teacher look like? -- Are we producing that now? The data discussion begins -- What real might look like -- Building a "commitment framework"? Agreements needed for success -- Building your local definition: establishing structures -- At a glance: summing it up and next steps -- Leading an improvement process: changes in practice is inevitable -- Develop an understanding: a need for coherent change practices -- Creating a theory of change -- Where to begin with building capacity -- Establish relationships -- At a glance: summing it up and next steps -- The plan's the thing: establishing structures -- Initiative alignment and partnership audit -- Creating working teams -- The punch list: 100+ things for teams to think about and work through -- How much will SLC implementation cost? -- Reality check: strengths and deficit mapping -- The planning stage -- Determining themes and numbers of SLC -- The ninth grade experience -- How fast do we have to go? -- At a glance: summing it up and next steps -- Establishing SLC teams: developing the mission, culture and schedule -- SlC teams -- Creating SLC specific teams -- Building the team -- The team sets the agenda -- Mission -- Commitment to students and families -- Scheduling -- School practices -- At a glance: summing it up and next steps -- Curriculum for college and careers -- Curriculum defined -- Understanding and addressing academic and industry skills standards -- From goals 2000 to scans: what work requires of schools! -- Knowledge, skills and abilities -- Identifying and honing the SLC curriculum: pathways, courses and integration -- "Quick wins" curriculum tools -- At a glance: summing it up and next steps -- Professional practice -- Moving into data-driven discussions -- A culture of literacy -- Data, data everywhere -- Use of time -- Professional development -- Will this impact student achievement? -- Pulling the pieces together -- At a glance: summing it up and next steps -- Powerful partnerships -- Partnership defined -- Partnership possibilities -- Business basics -- Key ingredients in creating and sustaining partnerships -- Structures and strategies -- Work-based learning -- "The why" of employability skills -- "The when" of employability skills -- At a glance: summing it up and next steps -- The student experience: making it personal -- School-based structures -- Facility design and SLC identity -- Selecting students -- A transfer strategy -- Personalizing the learning experience -- Welcome -- Putting the home in homeroom -- Student led conferences -- Student organizations and after-school activities -- Community service and service learning -- The senior experience -- Student voice -- More about work-based learning -- A word about placements -- Brief, perform, and debrief everything -- Job shadowing -- Mentorships -- Placement check list -- At a glance: summing it up and next steps -- Sustaining: the experts are amongst us -- Revisiting the practitioner's role -- What will it take to succeed? -- What does success and sustainability look like? -- Taking stock: study process and peer review -- Study tools to get you started -- At a glance: summing it up and next steps -- The journey continues -- Resources -- References.
Subject School improvement programs.
Career academies.
Individualized instruction.
ISBN 9781412937894 (cloth : alk. paper)
9781412937900 (paperback: alk. paper)