There is a growing body of research that demonstrates family, school, and community partnerships can have systemic and sustained effects on learning outcomes, even in economically disadvantaged neighborhoods.
Jean Desravines, CEO of an organization that develops outstanding education leaders, says high poverty schools that are beating the odds share key characteristics. And he introduces us to one Texas school showing impressive gains despite the fact that 90 percent of the students are low-income.
Everyone in education says they put students’ interests first. But not everyone asks students what they think, what theyneed, and what they want.
Gary Henry, principal of Valley Oaks Elementary School in Spring Branch ISD, did just that when he involved students – his customers – in a key part of re-constructing their school: designing the playground.
There is nothing ordinary about Academy High School, Plano ISD’s first school of choice. A growing concept is picking up steam there, adding an age-old discipline to the practices of science, technology, engineering, and math — and vice-versa. The movement seeks to restore a holistic — some say critical — partnership. For the diverse set of Texas students, it makes absolute sense.