“This book continually comes back to the relationships formed between students and staff. Using an array of statistics and personal observations, Peters calls upon the heart and the conscience of the educator when asking you to ‘bring your best’ every day into the classroom.”

—From the Foreword by Alan M. Blankstein

Motivate educators in a collaborative endeavor to bring about real change in schools and classrooms!

Reflecting Stephen G. Peters' motivational workshops, this resource provides practical guidelines for influencing school culture and inspiring higher student performance based on understanding today's learners. The book provides strategies and tested techniques that have transformed struggling schools into national and state blue-ribbon winners. The author, well-known for creating the “Gentleman's Club,” invites students who are considered at risk to participate in the decision-making process of school change. Eloquently illustrating the immediate need for improvement in our schools, this resource covers: The expanded roles for educators leading change initiatives; The reasons why many students do not perform well; Practical, specific tips for turning a vision for change into a school's reality

Principals and teacher leaders will welcome this unique approach that can bring about meaningful transformations in students, teachers, and entire school communities.

Appreciating Today's Students

Appreciating today's students

We estimate that aggregate expenditures by 15- to 24-year-olds in the 15 urban areas with the highest concentration of multicultural youth will total $203 billion in 2007. This represents cumulative growth of 26.7%. (Montuori, 2003)

A 2004 study by the National Endowment for the Arts found that Hispanic and African-American males had the lowest rates of literary reading, at 18% and 30% respectively. Though reading rates were falling for all students, from 1992 to 2002 African Americans had the largest decline, from 45.6% to 37.1%. (Literary reading in dramatic decline, 2004)

In order to help you bring your best stuff every day, this chapter will teach you how to do the following:

  • Understand Today's Students and Today's Schools
  • Understand the Power of Peer ...
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