Education Week - June 2, 2016 - Diplomas Count - (Page 3)

Dustin Franz for Education Week William Watkins, a 10th grader at MC2 STEM High School in Cleveland, explains his group's capstone project, on on the evolution of the bicycle, during a demonstration at the city's museum of contemporary art. Students at MC2 do hands-on classes and mentorships at museums, higher education institutions, and businesses around the city. For Better High Schools, Coherence May Be Key Some experts say that a few tried-and-true principles and a cohesive design point the way to high-performing high schools. By Catherine Gewertz M aking U.S. high schools great is a tough nut to crack, and the landscape of the past halfcentur y is l it tered with failures to prove it. But those decades of trying have yielded some lessons that are guiding the latest school improvement pioneers. Reviewing the progress-and problems-of high school reform in a 2013 report, the Carnegie Corporation of New York noted that many high schools have latched on to key improvement strategies but failed to incorporate others that are equally important. It called for national attention to "intentional new school designs" that incorporate 10 principles that research has shown to be pivotal in creating high-performing secondary schools, such as having a clear mission and coherent culture and personalizing learning to fit students' needs. "By purposefully integrating many of these advances in a comprehensive school design, much more can be accomplished than applying each individually," wrote co-authors Leah Hamilton and Anne Mackinnon. Researchers have learned a lot in 50 years, so the list of best practices is dauntingly long. Remaking High Schools | 3

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Education Week - June 2, 2016 - Diplomas Count

Education Week - Diplomas Count - June 2, 2016
For Better High Schools, Coherence May Be Key
Taking Students’ Voices to Heart
One Student’s Quest To Reshape Schools
Students in El Paso Get Leg Up On College
In Omaha, a Chance To Try Out a Career
Classroom and City Merge in Cleveland
Citizens Get a Say In Boston Redesign
A Bold Reinvention Gets a Rocky Start
Minn. High School Built for ‘Flexibility’
In Ark., Going Big On a Human Scale
U.S. Graduation Rate Reaches a New High

Education Week - June 2, 2016 - Diplomas Count