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Research: Characteristics of Successful Schools

  • Focus on student learning
  • Personalization
  • Relationship-centered
  • Standards-based curriculum
  • Quality professional development
  • Multiple pathways for students to demonstrate proficiency
  • Establish a safe school environment
  • Rigorous and relevant curriculum
  • Data-based decision making
  • Capitalize on student’s effort, abilities and resilience
  • Engagement of students in the learning process
  • Immediate prevention, intervention and acceleration strategies
  • Culture of continuous improvement
  • Focus on literacy across the curriculum
  • Alternative uses of time
  • Develop leadership throughout the school (administrative and teacher)
  • Begin with the end in mind
  • High expectations for all students
  • Active engagement from parents and the community
  • Focus on collaboration and teaming
  • Build on strengths
  • Evaluate and monitor your school improvement plan

(2004) Breaking Ranks II: Strategies for Leading High School Reform. Reston: National Association of Secondary Scholl Principals of Virginia.
Blankstein, A. Failure is Not an Option: Six Principles That Guide Student Achievement in High-Performing Schools. Thousand Oaks, Corwin Press.
Daggett, W. (2007 June). A Comprehensive Process for Improving Student Performance. Paper presented at the 15th Annual Model Schools Conference, Washington D.C.
Hope Foundation. (June 2007). Failure is Not an Option: Courageous Leadership for School Success. Paper presented at the meeting of the Hope Foundation Conference, San Ramon, California.
Thomas, R. Tips From School Improvement Leaders. A list of guidance tips on the school improvement process. Leading Your School Through the School Improvement Process

Walcott, C., Owens-West, R., Makkonen, R. (June 2005). High School Reform: National and State Trends. California Teachers Association, Burlingame, California

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