Tomorrow's High School: Creating Student Pathways for Both College and Career (Paperback)
How do some high schools produce graduates that consistently achieve at high levels? Would you believe there's a set of proven strategies that could help you deliver similar impressive results and better prepare students for the world after high school?
High schools in the United States face a startling reality: many graduates are unprepared for success in postsecondary studies or for high-demand, well-paying jobs in a rapidly changing economy. Although this situation is alarming, the high schools that have embraced new ways of learning show us what is possible.
Drawing from his experience with the High Schools That Work initiative, Gene Bottoms offers educators a path forward by urging them to pursue bold goals and outlining bold actions for achieving those goals. His vision is clear: replace the traditional model of secondary education with one that engages students in a rigorous curriculum that combines a solid academic core with intellectually demanding career pathway courses.
The notion that nearly all students can achieve at high levels is borne out by numerous examples of high schools--including those with traditionally underperforming student populations--that have used key strategies to help all students realize their potential.
Bottoms explains the root causes of the current shortcomings in high school education and then specifies critical components of successful transformation:
* Shared leadership;
* Powerful assignments--especially in math, literacy, and career/technical education--planned and executed by academic and career pathway teachers working together;
* Strengthened connections between middle school and high school;
* A redesigned senior year; and
* Comprehensive counseling and advisory programs.
Provocative and persuasive in its sense of urgency, Tomorrow's High School offers proven and practical solutions to finally make high schools a rich and rewarding experience for all students, whatever their future college and career goals may be.
This book is a copublication of ASCD and SREB. It includes access to nine downloadable appendixes.