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Saving Our Students, Saving Our Schools

Saving Our Students, Saving Our Schools
50 Proven Strategies for Helping Underachieving Students and Improving Schools

Second Edition
Edited by:

December 2007 | 432 pages | Corwin
Saving Our Students, Saving Our Schools: 50 Proven Strategies for Revitalizing At-Risk Students and Low-Performing Schools offers an exciting and dynamic approach to meeting the challenges faced by today's students and their schools, and is alive with the voices of students, teachers, and administrators.

Authors Robert Barr and William Parrett join these voices with a breadth of understanding and current research that supports the fifty strategies provided. This valuable resource explains how to effectively apply and use these strategies. While these strategies are specifically designed for the student at risk, they can also be used effectively to reach out to every student.

About the Authors
Part I. Accept the Challenge to Teach All Students
1. Confront the Challenges
Our Schools Have Changed

Who Are the At-Risk Students?

Compelling Conclusions

2. How Schools Fail Students and Manufacture Low Performance
Destructive School Policies, Programs, and Practices

The Myths That Perpetuate Ineffective Practices

3. Establish the Commitment to Educate Children and Youth at Risk
Take a Stand

Lessons Learned

Low-Performing Schools Can Improve

Part II. 50 Proven Strategies for Schools and Classrooms
4. Understand the At-Risk Student
Unconventional Wisdom: What Works for Experienced Teachers

Strategy #1: Recognize That Any Student May Become At Risk

Strategy #2: Predict Youth Behavior Based on Developmental Assets

Strategy #3: Appreciate the Resilient Student

Strategy #4: Address the Differences Between Boys and Girls

5. Educate Poor and Culturally Diverse Students
Unconventional Wisdom: What Works for Experienced Teachers

Strategy #5: Connect Culturally for Effective Teaching and Learning

Strategy #6: Work With the Externally Centered Student

Strategy #7: Understand the Problems of Low-Income Students

Strategy #8: Eliminate Ineffective and Destructive Interventions

Strategy #9: Use Effective Programs for Teaching Low-Income Students

6. Establish Priorities That Focus on Student Learning
Unconventional Wisdom: What Works for Experienced Teachers

Strategy #10: Develop a Comprehensive Plan

Strategy #11: Build a Profile by Collecting and Using Data

Strategy #12: Set Goals, Targets, and Timelines

Strategy #13: Create Time for Collaboration, Planning, and Development

Strategy #14: Facilitate Continuous Improvement: The Critical Importance of Results-Driven Leadership

7. Collaborate With Parents and Families
Unconventional Wisdom: What Works for Experienced Teachers

Strategy #15: Encourage Parent and Family Engagement

Strategy #16: Build Effective Partnerships Among Families, Schools, and the Community

8. Create Caring Classrooms, Schools, and Communities of Support
Unconventional Wisdom: What Works for Experienced Teachers

Strategy #17: Create a Community of Support

Strategy #18: Create a Common Vision

Strategy #19: Establish Alternative Schools

Strategy #20: Develop Small Schools and Schools-Within-Schools

Strategy #21: Provide Effective Transitions

9. Create a Climate of Respect in Schools and Classrooms
Unconventional Wisdom: What Works for Experienced Teachers

Strategy #22: Recognize Early Warning Signs

Strategy #23: Bully-Proof Classrooms and Schools

Strategy #24: Create Reentry Opportunities for Expelled Students

10. Expect High Academic Performance
Unconventional Wisdom: What Works for Experienced Teachers

Strategy #25: Motivate Students

Strategy #26: Teach to Multiple Intelligences

Strategy #27: Confront Tracking and Retention Practices

Strategy #28: Initiate Targeted Professional Development

Strategy #29: Create Career-Theme Schools and High School Academic Majors

Strategy #30: Help At-Risk Students Pass High-Stakes Tests

11. Teach All Students to Read
Unconventional Wisdom: What Works for Experienced Teachers

Strategy #31: Guarantee That Every Child Learns to Read

Strategy #32: Implement Effective Literacy Practices and Programs K-12

Strategy #33: Employ One-on-One Tutoring

Strategy #34: Start Early

Strategy #35: Redesign Grades K-3

Strategy #36: Continuously Assess Reading Progress

12. Select Results-Driven Instructional and Assessment Practices
Unconventional Wisdom: What Works for Experienced Teachers

Strategy #37: Personalize Instruction

Strategy #38: Recognize the Critical Importance of an Aligned Curriculum

Strategy #39: Select Research-Based Instructional Practices

Strategy #40: Use Homework Effectively

Strategy #41: Require Student Portfolios, Projects, and Performance Exhibitions

Strategy #42: Incorporate Technology Across the Curriculum

Strategy #43: Create Assessment-Literate Classrooms

13. Support Social and Emotional Growth
Unconventional Wisdom: What Works for Experienced Teachers

Strategy #44: Create Student Mentoring Programs

Strategy #45: Establish Service Learning Programs

Strategy #46: Teach Peer Mediation

Strategy #47: Build Self-Esteem and Respect Through Student Leadership

14. Use Community Resources and Services
Unconventional Wisdom: What Works for Experienced Teachers

Strategy #48: Embrace the Community as a Classroom

Strategy #49: Develop Communitywide, Extended-Day Programs

Strategy #50: Become a Full-Service School

Part III. Summon the Will to Leave No Child Behind
15. The Inalienable Right to a Quality Education
With Liberty and Justice for Some?

The Emergent National Consensus: No Child Left Behind

Breaking Free From Ignorance

The Fifty Strategies

50 Strategies Suggested Reading

Praise for the first edition: "Barr and Parrett have provided educators, policy makers, and parents with an outstanding resource. If you’re serious about leaving no child behind, this is one book you need to read."

Bill Scott, Executive Director
Kentucky School Boards Association

"I always knew that all students could meet or exceed standards if we articulated the research-based practices that worked. This is exactly what the authors have done. We now have the tools to ensure all our students are successful—what a glorious time for schools, thanks to Robert Barr and William Parrett!"

Nancy Golden, Superintendent
Springfield Public Schools, OR

“Lives up to its title with 50 experience-tested recommendations. Though especially recommended for educators serving in America’s most troubled schools, this book is filled cover to cover with tips, tricks, techniques, and recommendations that even those most successful schools will find useful.”

The Bookwatch, May 2008
Midwest Book Review

I have decided to use this text in my class as resource and reference to provide students aspiring to become teachers, understand different strategies that could be of assistance when working with at risk students. This text contains great information and strategies that is useful for all the students to learn.

Mrs Cordelia Hayden
College Of Education, University of Phoenix - Phoenix
February 5, 2013

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ISBN: 9781412957939