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More High School Graduates

More High School Graduates
How Schools Can Save Students From Dropping Out

  • Ben Levin - Ontario Institute for Studies in Education, University of Toronto

Foreword by Michael Fullan, A Joint Publication With OPC

© 2012 | 208 pages | Corwin

A proven system to boost high school graduation rates

More High School Graduates is a comprehensive guide for school leaders and government policymakers committed to boosting high school graduation rates. Drawing from his knowledge as an education official and professor, author Ben Levin presents a system to turn around secondary schools that is adaptable for local-, district-, and state-level decision making.

Offering a road map for improvement, this book's practical and specific recommendations have increased graduation rates across hundreds of high schools. Components include

  • Keeping track of all students' progress and intervening early to prevent failure
  • Establishing curriculum and graduation requirements that support increased student success
  • Improving teaching and learning
  • Connecting with the community to engage families, local businesses, and other stakeholders in improving graduation rates
  • Implementing methods for planning, communicating, and winning support

The stigma of "dropout factories" hangs over school districts and education agencies. This book helps turn any school or district into a success factory producing more graduates and better learning outcomes.

About the Author
1. The Challenge
A Note on Dropouts  
How High Can We Aim?  
Not All Solutions Are Good Ones  
Why Not Leave Schools Alone to Figure it Out?  
Why School Is Not Like Work and Why Students Should Not Be Treated Like Workers  
Can High Schools Be Transformed?  
Why Students Don't Graduate  
The Role of Pre-High School and Why Focus on High Schools  
Why High Schools Are Hard to Change  
2. The Framework
Know the Status and Progress of Every Student, Know the Reasons for Any Problems, and Intervene as Soon as There Are Signs of Difficulties  
Provide a Program That Enables All Students to Achieve a Good Outcome  
Improving Daily Teaching and Learning Is Essential to Achieving Better High School Outcomes; To Do This Requires a Thoughtful and Specific Strategy  
Connect Schools Deeply to Their Local and Broader Community  
Resourcing Improvement  
3. Connecting With Every Student
Monitoring Student Progress  
Assigning Responsibility for Following Students  
Paying Attention to Specific Groups  
Attendance, Discipline, and Suspensions  
Student Voice  
4. Curriculum and Graduation Requirements
The Challenge of Diverse Student Interests  
The Role of the GED  
Vocational Education  
How Many Courses and How Much Variety?  
Organizing Teaching  
Assigning Staff  
Helping to Reduce Failure Rates  
Alternative Programs and Schools  
5. Improving Teaching and Learning
Comprehensive Reform Models  
Hands-On Learning  
Collective Work By Teachers  
Effective Student Assessment  
Student Engagement in Teaching and Learning  
The Role of Information Technology  
Independent Learning  
6. Connecting with Community
Working With Parents and Families  
Working With Community Groups  
Working With Postsecondary Institutions  
Learning About Work as a School and Community Function  
7. Implementation
Research, Data, and Evidence  
Steps to Effective Implementation  
8. Conclusion

"This is a thought-provoking book for school improvement teams and high school faculties to use in jump-starting their school reform. Many popular myths are debunked and out-of-the-box thinking will challenge current paradigms in education."

Kelly VanLaeken, Principal
Ruben A. Cirillo High School, Walworth, NY

"Electrifying. Addresses the reasons why the graduation rate in the United States has declined over the years and explains how this injustice to students can and must be rectified."

Belinda J. Raines, Principal
Northwestern High School, Detroit, MI

"This book offers specific strategies for enhancing the probability that students will fulfill graduation requirements and attain the necessary skills to be successful in life. More importantly, the book captures the essence of what every student needs in order to reach these successful outcomes: To feel connected and valued."

John Rice, Director of Science, and Technology Education
North Syracuse Central School District, NY

"Ben Levin's book is a positive and convincing call to action for every teacher, principal, superintendent, and school board member who wants to make high schools better for learners."

Canadian Education Association, Vo1 52 No. 4, Fall 2012
Education Canada
Key features
  • Numerous practical suggestions
  • Chapters end with conclusions and take-Aways
  • Loaded with examples and cases
  • Numerous weblinks and references for further information

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ISBN: 9781412992244