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Grosse Pointe High Schools 2.0. Restyling Grosse Pointe’s High Schools for Rigor and Global Relevance Presented Dec. 17, 2007 to GP Board of Ed. The Vision. Grosse Pointe High Schools 2.0
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Grosse Pointe High Schools 2.0 Restyling Grosse Pointe’s High Schools for Rigor and Global Relevance Presented Dec. 17, 2007 to GP Board of Ed.
The Vision • Grosse Pointe High Schools 2.0 At a time when bricks and mortar matter less than digital communication, connectivity and rapidly evolving technology, Grosse Pointe can provide the best possible educational experience for today’s students by creating a new 21st century school concept that raises floors without establishing ceilings, and prepares students for a world without traditional walls.
Framing Statement “We can’t solve problems by using the same kind of thinking we used when we created them.” -Albert Einstein
Context • Achievement Gaps – North and South H.S. • Global “flattening” • “Millenials” • IB
Achievement Gap Urgency • AYP at North • AYP at South • Special Education Population • MME / State Content Standards • African-American students at grade level – 2006 math 16% = 16%!
The Gap in G.P. • Asynchronous changes in state testing and curricular implementation have negatively impacted students in lower level tracks. • Effects of tracking, grade level implications in math. • Teachers are being segregated, and our youngest, most inexperienced teachers are often teaching our least capable and most demanding students. • Because there are multiple options, students in the middle often choose not to fully challenge themselves, and opt for courses below their ability levels. • Students who enter with less are leaving with even less.
Achievement Gap Initiatives • F.A.T. • Freshman Only First Day • Freshman Assist • Math Support • MME Prep • Writing Initiatives • Best Practices Newsletter • ACT Practice Test • ….will never be enough for students who are not in the right courses
The Research on the Gap • Model Schools make state standards the minimum • Model Schools set the bar high by eliminating below grade level tracks • Model Schools ensure that all students are prepared with a college prep curriculum
Special Education Students and the Gap • Inclusion • Collaboratives • Alternate Assessments • Years of research – raising the bar works! • New York Regents Exam, Burris study
African American and Latino 17 Year-Olds Read at Same Levels As White 13 Year-Olds Source:National Center for Education Statistics, NAEP 2004 Long Term Trends
Low Scoring 8th Grade Students Gain More From College Prep Courses in High School* *Grade 8-grade 12 test score gains based on 8th grade achievement of students In the lowest quartile of achievement on 8th grade assessment. Source: USDOE, NCES, Vocational Education in the United States: Toward the Year 2000, in Issue Brief: Students Who Prepare for College and Vocation
Challenging Curriculum Results in Lower Failure Rates, Even for Lowest Achievers Ninth-grade English performance, by high/low level course, and eighth-grade reading achievement quartiles Source: Southern Regional Education Board, “Middle Grades to High School: Mending a Weak Link” by Sondra Cooney and Gene Bottoms, 2002.
CAHSEE Passage Rates California Class of 2006as of July 2006 Source: Wise, L., et al., Independent Evaluation of the CAHSEE, 2006 HumRRO
The “Millenials” • We are not adapting nearly as quickly to our students as they adapt to the world……… • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Kv52oVIcUKk&feature=related
“Education is the only business still debating the usefulness of technology. Schools remain unchanged for the most part, despite numerous reforms and increased investments in computers and networks.” -- Former U.S. Secretary of Education Rod Paige
Shift Happens... • 70 million blogs and counting – 60 times more than three years ago • China – 17 million blogs • You Tube – 100 million videos per day • Top Ten in demand jobs for 2010 did not exist in 2004 • We’re preparing students for jobs that don’t yet exist
Online Teens • 71% of online teens say they relied mostly on Internet sources for the last big project they did for school. • 94% of online teens report using the Internet for school-related research. • Average teen outside of school on an average day – 6.5 hours with media: • 33% on the internet • 26% on television • 21% on the telephone • 15% listening to the radio Today’s teens spend more time per day online than they do watching television....
The Digital Age... • ½ of all teens and 57% of teens on the internet are “Content Creators”: • Blogs • Wikis • Web Pages • Original Artwork • Photography • Stories • Video
Conclusions – Millenials and the Gap We must eliminate any track below state content standards. This need demands new models of education facilitated by educational technology. Some of the most promising new educational approaches are being developed outside the traditional educational system, through e-learning and virtual schools. This is an exciting, creative and transforming era for students, teachers, administrators, policymakers and parents. The next 10 years could see a spectacular rise in achievement – and may well usher in a new golden age for American education. Grosse Pointe should be “lighting the way”.
Foundation Beliefs • Model High Schools Have Fewer Tracks, Not More • Model High Schools Incorporate Project Based Learning • In Many Ways, IB Is a Better Program than AP • IB and AP Are Fundamentally Different! • Teachers Make the Difference
Foundation Beliefs (cont.) • Model High Schools Incorporate Project Based Learning • Model High Schools Provide Support • Model SchoolsBegin Bridging the Gap before High School Begins • The Core Curriculum Must Be Connected External Review
Features of the Plan – G.P. H.S. 2.0 • 2 curricular paths: IB,AP or Honors Project (HP) • External review in each • Integrated elements • Digital portfolios and digital presentations are elements in each • Digital Connectivity • Culminating project in each
Features of the Plan (cont.) • Service component in each • Raise the bottom and middle without lowering the top • Support classes or double-blocking • Re-visit school day to look at alternating block • Foreign language requirement in each • Mandatory summer Step Up • Vertical alignment with teacher rotation
Grosse Pointe High Schools 2.0 “The pessimist sees difficulty in every opportunity; the optimist sees opportunity in every difficulty.” -Winston Churchill