Standards of Mind and Heart

Standards of Mind and Heart

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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 qBreaking Ranksq recommendations, including the importance of qpersonalizationq and democracy in use the Exhibition as a way to strengthen the Division One experience for students, to question what we are teaching ... Chris Balch, science teacher and wilderness leader, knows that for one of his students, the end of the schoolyear is hisanbsp;...

Title:Standards of Mind and Heart
Author:Peggy Clohessy Silva, Robert A. Mackin
Publisher:Teachers College Press - 2002


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