All too often schools are evaluated using high-stakes measures
and "one shot" assessments. What gets left behind are
the small steps students and staff make toward improvement every
day, and the efforts that the school makes to sustain success through
community and intradepartmental partnerships.
Module Objective: Through the exploration of Peters'
chapter "Measuring Results that Count" (2008, p61), the
case - Health Opportunities High School, and the virtual readings,
you will explore how to reward and appreciate students and how to
set up meaningful partnerships between your school and the outside
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Opportunities High School
||Principal Carron Staple's arrival at HOHS has brought
stability to a school that has had nine principals in
the past decade; it is no longer on the state's list of
failing schools. Parents and students speak highly of
the school and its warm, nurturing, and safe environment.
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Discussion: Peters talks about the importance of celebrating
the "small successes" (p64-65). Describe how the faculty and
leadership of Health Opportunities High School celebrate small successes
describing the specific actions they take. What seem to be
the consequences of their actions?
Journal: Describe some specific measures your school can
take to more effectively tap into Peters' "Tips for Rewarding
Students and Faculty" and deal more effectively with the issues of
low student engagement and staff morale. What actions might
you recommend to your leadership team and/or staff? Prior to recommending
these actions, read Lepper's and Henderlong's "Effects of Praise"
reading. Compare and contrast the perspectives on student rewards.
With whom do you most agree and how has this shaped your action
Workbook: As educational funding becomes scarce, school
leaders look to community partnerships and creative resource allocation.
In "Educating and Community Building: Connecting Two Worlds," the
authors reference a variety of community resources that schools
might tap into for support. Describe how Health Opportunities High
School and the other schools you have read about reach out to such
local organizations for support. What have been the consequences of
their efforts? Then, generate a list of organizations in your neighborhood
that might be willing to contribute to a partnership. Taking the perspective of
a school leader, draft a letter to the organization enlisting their
assistance and involvement.
Virtual Library Readings:
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- Building Relationships for Student Success: School-Family-Community
Partnerships and Student Achievement in the Northwest
- Education and Community Building: Connecting Two Worlds
- Empowering Communities to Improve Education
- Engaging the Disengaged
- Motivation to Learn
- The Effects of Praise on Children's Intrinsic