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Personalizing the High School Experience for Each Student
Joseph DiMartino and John H. Clarke
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About This Book
Why is it that so many students see high school as a prison sentence to be endured rather than a time to learn and grow? According to DiMartino and Clark, many high school students feel invisible and isolated. They don’t see the relevance of what they are being taught, and they don’t see how their classes are preparing them for success as adults.
This book offers a new vision for high schools--a vision that puts students at the center of their learning. Personalized high schools engage students by allowing them to plan and develop their own pathways through school based on their talents, interests, and aspirations.
The book describes six promising practices that are emerging in high schools:
These six practices can improve learning for all students by engaging them in shaping their own high school experience and discovering how the academic skills they learn in school can have meaning in the world they will negotiate as adults.
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JOSEPH DIMARTINO founder and president of the Center for Secondary School Redesign, is a nationally recognized leader in the area of high school redesign. For nearly a decade, he served as director of the Secondary School Redesign Program at Brown University, where he gathered a diverse assembly of educators willing to experiment with high school personalization and student engagement.
JOHN H. CLARKE began teaching high school English in Massachusetts in 1966. He moved to Vermont in 1977 to teach secondary education and help run a teaching improvement program at the University of Vermont. He joined the research team working on the Secondary Initiative at LAB—the Education Alliance at Brown University—focusing on student engagement and high school personalization.
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