Create smaller high schools using the wisdom culled here

Research suggests that students benefit both academically and socially from a smaller, more personalized high school environment. This web resource, sponsored by Jobs for the Future (JFF), is intended to help school leaders make the transition in their own districts. “From Large to Small: Strategies for Personalizing the High School” outlines some of the lessons educators must learn as they struggle to implement focused, community-learning approaches in large, diverse, and often busy institutions. The report confronts a number of the structural, organizational, and political challenges faced by large schools as they seek to reinvent their instructional philosophies in favor of more personalized learning experiences. It examines some of the nation’s most effective small-school models, as well as alternative and youth-development programs, to highlight strategies and best practices that can be replicated on a larger scale. The report is a joint publication of JFF and the Northeast and Islands Regional Educational Laboratory at Brown University. School leaders who wish to download the report first must complete a free registration.

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