Caring & Engaging Schools

Partnering with Family and Community to Unlock the Potential of High School Students in Poverty
by Essie B Hill
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Publisher: Actuate Development Company

Publication Date: August 01, 2018

ISBN: 9781732002111

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Caring & Engaging Schools: Partnering with Family and Community to Unlock the Potential of High School Students in Poverty reviews the consequences of our failure to effectively address the needs of low-income students, given the poverty-related struggles that impede academic learning, personal growth, and ultimately positive life outcomes. The author integrates her experiences as an English teacher at “Northwood High School” (a pseudonym) with educational research, to portray the major stumbling blocks of schooling from the perspective of disadvantaged high school youth.  As a result of their struggles, youth suffer three major losses and deficits: loss of hope for the future, disengagement from schooling, and impaired socioemotional well-being. Their struggles are also described in the context of impaired or neglected relationships among the major stakeholders of public high school education:  school, family, and community.

 

Various aspects of the traditional high school are reviewed to show the limited improvements of the last several decades for our low-income students; these are followed by glimpses of educational processes that enable learning to become truly student-centered for our youth. A strengths-based, whole-child education model called “Caring & Engaging Schools” is presented as the solution; the model comprises a palette of solutions already working in high-poverty schools and communities around the nation.  One theme unites these strategies: a “marriage of true minds,” the metaphor describing the school and the family relationship, supported by community members.  Strengthening school/family/community partnerships reengages economically disadvantaged high school students in academic learning and, more broadly, in their transitions into adult roles. The framework consists of components (three positive mindsets and talent development) and contexts (mental health/wellbeing and socioeconomic integration) that will ...