Students must be prepared for postsecondary education and careers beyond high school. Schools can implement strategies aimed at improving the rigor of classroom instruction as well as its relevance to students' lives. This will help ensure that students have the necessary skills to complete high school, succeed in college without remediation, and succeed in the workplace. Districts and schools may complement rigorous and relevant instruction with personalizing the learning environment.

Districts can design a portfolio of high schools to offer multiple pathways to graduation. In such a portfolio, all schools would offer college preparatory academic core classes and options for career development. A comprehensive portfolio of schools could also include recovery options for students who have dropped out or who need flexible approaches to credit recovery.

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Planning Together: Rigorous and Relevant Instruction for Dropout Prevention

This planning tool can be used to reflect on past and current professional development opportunities for teachers.

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05/07/2014
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Self-Reflection Tool: Rigorous and Relevant Instruction for Dropout Prevention

This self-assessment can be used to focus on improvement in teaching and learning by making teachers aware of the strengths and weaknesses of their practice. It can be used to reflect on their...

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05/07/2014
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Learning Together: Creating Professional Learning Communities

This workshop framework will provide points to consider when creating a professional learning community.

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05/07/2014
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Guidance News

This article from Tales of the Hollow, Sleepy Hollow High School's newsletter, describes the assistance offered to students in preparing for college. It shows some of the activities that schools...

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05/07/2014
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Professional Learning Time Log

Teachers at Foxfire Center for Student Success meet daily before school begins for professional learning time. The principal sets a focus for each week and asks that teachers use this form to...

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05/07/2014
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Special Education Student Access to General Education Curriculum

A high school administrator uses these slides to describe the school's scaffolded approach to inclusion for its special education students. The audio interview, Increasing Rigor for Special...

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05/07/2014
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Increasing Rigor for Special Education Students

Increasing Rigor for Special Education Students

Listen to a high school associate principal explain how co-teaching provides special education students access to a rigorous curriculum. The sample material, Special Education Student Access to...

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05/07/2014
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Project Y.O.U.

This presentation describes the Project Y.O.U. Transition Program at Sleepy Hollow High School. It is a work/study program with academic support and employment for students at risk of academic...

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05/07/2014
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Senior Project Requirements

Here are the requirements for Foxfire’s mandated senior project, which include career exploration, postsecondary goal setting, personal reflections, and community participation. The senior project...

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05/07/2014
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Engaging Parents and the Community

Engaging Parents and the Community

See the strategies Foxfire Center for Student Success uses to engage students, parents, and the community. Community involvement is emphasized at Foxfire. Activities such as “Curbside Coffee” and...

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05/07/2014
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Providing Rigorous and Relevant Instruction to All Students

Providing Rigorous and Relevant Instruction to All Students

Dr. Monica Martinez of the KnowledgeWorks Foundation shares strategies that schools can implement to provide rigorous and relevant instruction. These strategies include a common core curriculum for...

Expert Interview
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05/04/2014
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Engaging Students and Providing Skills Needed to Graduate Through Rigorous and Relevant Instruction

Engaging Students and Providing Skills Needed to Graduate Through Rigorous and Relevant Instruction

This multimedia overview describes how schools can bolster student engagement by offering rigorous and relevant instruction and multiple pathways to career and postsecondary options.

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05/04/2014
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