9780807740521

Access to Success in the Urban High School: The Middle College Movement

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  • ISBN13:

    9780807740521

  • ISBN10:

    0807740527

  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2001-08-01
  • Publisher: Teachers College Pr

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Summary

This fascinating history of one school innovation recounts the painstaking labors of those willing to help at-risk youth succeed in our complex society. Harold Wechsler examines the middle college movement by focusing on a quarter-century of growth at the first Middle College. Started in 1974 at LaGuardia Community College in New York, this successful alternative school has since been widely replicated and adapted throughout the country. Anyone interested in the processes of educational reform will find this captivating story and Wechsler's in-depth policy analysis to be essential reading.

Author Biography

Harold S. Wechsler is professor of education at the Margaret S. Warner Graduate School of Education and Human Development, University of Rochester.

Table of Contents

Foreword ix
William J. Reese
Preface xiii
Acknowledgments xvii
Precedents and Influences
1(19)
Background: High School-College Relations
1(3)
The Rationales for Reorganization
4(8)
The 11-14 Idea in Practice
12(4)
Resurrecting the Vision
16(2)
Conclusion
18(2)
Coming Together: Open Admissions and Philanthropy
20(33)
Access to Public Higher Education in New York City
21(2)
LaGuardia Community College
23(4)
The Designer and the Design
27(6)
An Elite School for At-Risk Students: The Components
33(11)
Who'll Run the School?
44(5)
Approval
49(2)
Conclusion
51(2)
Living at the Border: Design and Implementation
53(41)
Middle College High School: The First Years
54(12)
The Greenberg Years: Academic Reform
66(11)
``Cece's'' Era: ``School Membership and Academic Engagement
77(12)
Conclusion
89(5)
Replications
94(45)
The New York City Sites
95(3)
The Ford Foundation and the Reform of Urban Education
98(7)
Selecting the Inner Circle
105(3)
Five Successes
108(24)
Two Failures
132(3)
Conclusion
135(4)
The Sum of the Parts
139(30)
Did It Work? Tales of the (Data)tape
140(2)
Adept Adaptation?
142(7)
Collaboration, Leveraging, and Normative Congruence
149(9)
Facilitating Transition
158(7)
Conclusion
165(4)
Notes 169(4)
References 173(20)
Index 193(13)
About the Author 206

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