Reinventing School for Student Success
A new book by Linda Darling-Hammond, Nicky Ramos-Beban, Rebecca Padnos Altamirano and Maria Hyler. Be the Change tells the remarkable story of an innovative public high school launched by dedicated teachers in East Palo Alto, California –one of a growing number of low-income communities starved of the resources needed to serve its students and schools.
Chronicling a rags-to-riches story of how two very different communities came together to change the historical trajectory of educational failure that had robbed so many students of their futures, Be the Change demonstrates how to plant the seeds of new possibilities in its place. The school's unique design, modeled after successful small schools in New York City, offers authentic and engaging instruction in a personalized setting that has allowed students who start off far behind to graduate and go on to college in record numbers. Each chapter examines one of the critical elements the teachers found essential to enable student success: the creation of an academic culture, the development of high standards with high supports, and the process of learning to teach so that students can learn. Filled with the deep knowledge of education leaders and a team of dedicated teachers, and guided throughout by the expertise of renowned educator Linda Darling-Hammond, this book will help improve student outcomes not just in East Palo Alto but in ALL schools.