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¡Sí se puede! : learning from a high school that beats the odds /
Ursula Casanova ; foreword by Gloria Ladson-Billings.
imprint
New York : Teachers College Press, c2010.
description
xiv, 98 p. : ill. ; 23 cm.
ISBN
9780807751022 (pbk. : alk. paper)
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imprint
New York : Teachers College Press, c2010.
isbn
9780807751022 (pbk. : alk. paper)
contents note
Cibola's history -- High expectations -- Leadership -- Counseling and guidance: the heart of the school -- English for English learners -- Continued improvement and alternative avenues for success -- Conclusions.
catalogue key
7076754
 
Includes bibliographical references (p. 89-91) and index.
A Look Inside
About the Author
Author Affiliation
rsula Casanova is associate professor emerita at the Mary Lou Fulton College of Education, Arizona State University.
Summaries
Main Description
This is the story of Cibola High School, a remarkable public school that set itself a daring goal: every one of its students would not just graduate, but would continue on to post-secondary education. With that goal in mind, the teachers, administrators, and counselors created a unique environment that provided the support necessary for students to realize their ambitions. No flash in the pan, Cibola High School has been meeting its goal for over 20 graduations. Opened to serve an expanding district, Cibola is located across the border from Mexico. The majority of its students receive free lunch, and 74% of its population consists of Latino students, many of them recent immigrants. Through anecdotes and the voices of teachers, school leaders, and students, this book shows the process that has, year-in and year-out, produced results and defied the low expectations that such demographic data predict. Based on an analysis of extensive interviews and research, the author identifies and explores five critical elements associated with the success of this school: unequivocal, uncompromising high expectations; distributed, focused leadership; assertive guidance and counseling; intensive instruction for English language learners; and flexible responses to problems and development of alternative program pathways to success.
Main Description
This is the story of Cibola High School, a remarkable public school that set itself a daring goal: every one of its students would not just graduate, but would continue on to post-secondary education. With that goal in mind, the teachers, administrators, and counsellors created a unique environment that provided the support necessary for students to realize their ambitions. No flash in the pan, Cibola High School has been meeting its goal for over 20 graduations. Opened to serve an expanding district, Cibola is located across the border from Mexico. The majority of its students receive free lunch, and 74% of its population consists of Latino students, many of them recent immigrants. Through anecdotes and the voices of teachers, school leaders, and students, this book shows the process that has, year-in and year-out, produced results and defied the low expectations that such demographic data predict. Based on an analysis of extensive interviews and research, the author identifies and explores five critical elements associated with the success of this school: unequivocal, uncompromising high expectations; distributed, focused leadership; assertive guidance and counseling; intensive instruction for English language learners; and flexible responses to problems and development of alternative program pathways to success.
Bowker Data Service Summary
This title tells the story of Cibola High School, a remarkable public school that set itself a daring goal; every one of its students would not just graduate, but would continue on to post-secondary education.
Table of Contents
Forewordp. ix
Acknowledgementsp. xiii
Introduction: The Cibola High School Storyp. 1
Cibola's Historyp. 5
At the Beginningp. 7
Stating Cibola's Missionp. 8
Beyond High School Graduationp. 10
Hiring the Best Teachersp. 13
High Expectationsp. 16
The Educational Condition of the Age Cohortp. 16
Beginning with High Expectationsp. 17
Effective Schoolsp. 18
Low Social Capital Does Not Mean Low Aspirationsp. 21
A Sense of Efficacyp. 23
The Challengep. 23
The Cibola Way to High Expectationsp. 24
Collective Efficacyp. 26
A Closed Campusp. 27
Opening Dayp. 28
The Guidance Officep. 29
Leadership
Theories of Leadershipp. 31
The Principal's Expectationsp. 32
The Principal as Servantp. 33
How Is Walk Remembered?p. 33
More Than 20 Years Laterp. 34
Collective Teacher Efficacyp. 36
The School as a Moral Communityp. 36
The Transformational Principalp. 37
The Legacyp. 38
Steen's Pathp. 39
Counseling and Guidance: The Heart of the Schoolp. 42
Assertive Guidancep. 42
The Heart of the Schoolp. 43
Making It Happenp. 44
The Counselor's Rolep. 45
Talent Lossp. 45
Making Up for Low Social Capitalp. 47
The 4-Year Planp. 48
The Office of Counseling and Guidancep. 50
It Takes a Whole Schoolp. 52
The Scholarship Counselorp. 54
Nina's Graduationp. 57
English for English Learnersp. 59
Demographic Backgroundp. 59
The Migrant Populationp. 60
Cibola's Challengep. 60
Solving the Problemp. 61
Continued Improvement and Alternate Paths to Successp. 68
The Importance of Timep. 68
Fulfilling the Missionp. 70
Vista Alternative Schoolp. 71
Vista's Contribution to Student Successp. 72
The Continuation Schoolp. 73
Freshman and Interdisciplinary Teamsp. 75
Conclusionp. 77
Academic Optimismp. 78
Where Does It Start?p. 79
Beyond Cibolap. 80
Measuring Successp. 81
Unintended Consequencesp. 82
The Students Interviewedp. 84
Some Parting Thoughtsp. 85
Notesp. 87
Referencesp. 89
Indexp. 93
About the Authorp. 98
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