Roosevelt Middle School | Using Artful Learning and Community PRIDE statements to Define Student Readiness Outcomes for All Students and Staff

Using Artful Learning and Community PRIDE statements to Define Student Readiness Outcomes for All Students and Staff How do you define readiness in terms of student outcomes? SCHOOL FACT BOX Roosevelt Middle School, located in Oceanside, California, serves more than 1,000 students, with 62% identified as being socioeconomically disadvantaged and 14% in programming for English…

Jay Breslow

Student Voice in School Reform

In 2013, the school board in Philadelphia announced a plan to close 37 schools. The Philadelphia Student Union, an organized group of students that runs campaigns at the local, state, and national levels, showed up to the school board meeting dressed as zombies. They performed a choreographed routine to Michael Jackson’s Thriller and collapsed at the end. One of the participating students, Benjamin Franklin High sophomore Hausim Talbot, told the Philadelphia Inquirer, “We represent the students affected by the closing plan. Our hopes would be dead.”

We Are Valley Painted on building

Valley High School: Before and After Photos

We are currently working with Valley High School in Santa Ana, California, on an awareness campaign to redefine the school culture and perceptions. Leadership, students, and the community have collaborated to create values statements, rework the branding, change the look and feel of the campus, and communicate the message through a wide variety of methods…

Valley High School "We Are Valley"

Valley High School | Redefining a School’s Culture Through an Awareness Campaign

Over the past year, the leadership, students, and community at Valley High School in Santa Ana, California, worked with us to clarify their vision and to create strategies to make them even more effective at moving their students toward success. Valley has amazing people doing incredible work, but through a series of interviews, listening sessions, surveys, and tours in and around the campus, we were able to gather a fairly clear picture of identity challenges that need to be addressed. Challenges such as: poor self perception and lack of school pride, community misconceptions and biases, lack of energizing visuals, branding inconsistencies, and lack of strategic messaging to the feeder schools.

Michael Their in Barcelona

Global Citizenship: A Study in Progress

Last month, I traveled to Barcelona, Spain, to conduct a unique, mixed-methods study of metacognitive skills at the International Baccalaureate (IB) World Student Conference. I surveyed global citizenship levels among IB Diploma Programme students from 19 nations who attended the weeklong, project-based learning experience. I conducted two diverse focus groups: one with students representing eight…