The ideal school is closer than you think. Welcome to Aspire High! The world’s best high school may be a dream, but it’s not out of reach. It’s a model drawn from research, observations, focus groups, and interviews, and each aspect of its success exists in a real school today. In this book, you’ll discover what makes Aspire High’s culture of aspiration work. Whether you’re a policymaker or district leader who can build a school from the ground up or an educator aiming for incremental change, you’ll find your next steps, including: • A whole new way to work with all stakeholders • Research and action for best practices, from physical layout to curriculum • Principles for designing practices that encourage student aspirations • Messages from thought leaders inside and outside the field of education Aspirational culture is good for the whole school community—and beyond. Make your school a dynamic place that promotes aspirations and meaningful learning for all.

Technology as the Amplifier of Learning

Technology as the Amplifier of Learning

The illiterate of the 21st century will not be those who cannot read and write, but those who cannot learn, unlearn, and relearn.

—Alvin Toffler

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After spending the day in Steve’s class, we find ourselves back at the school later that evening for a special community event hosted by the World War II class. This experience represents one of the major exhibitions for the class, and the main event is the premiere of a one-hour video created by the students. The class also coordinated with the Culinary Academy to provide food that soldiers would have eaten during the war. Attendees understood that there would be Spam, lima beans, crackers, peanut butter, and other fare typically ...

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