With low achievement and high drop-out rates plaguing our larger
public high schools, communities across the country are creating
smaller, more personalized schools that share a larger campus.
Drawing on the Coalition of Essential Schools' longtime experience
in school design, Choosing Small offers practical and strategic
guidance for educators interested in transforming their high
school. Featuring interviews with educators experienced in school
conversion, the book covers all aspects of the conversion planning
and implementation process such as engaging a broad array of
stakeholders, working with the district, creating vision statements
for the new schools, building leadership and management structures,
and identifying curricular options as well as instructional
Praise for "Choosing Small"
""Choosing Small" provides necessary lessons onhigh school
conversions, one of the most difficultreform efforts of our
--Theodore R. Sizer, founder, Coalition of Essential Schools
"A guide to creating the kind of schooling thatour young people
need and deserve."
--Ron Wolk, founding editor, "Education Week"
"Anyone in a school leadership position who istrying to create
high schools for the twenty-firstcentury should read this
--John Welch, superintendent, Highline Public Schools, Burien,
"This book is for those who have ever gone toschool, been in a
school, or realized we coulddo more for our children."
--Jamie Kane, principal, Skyview High School, Thornton,
"A must-read for anyone interested inimproving learning outcomes
for young peoplethrough smaller, redesigned high schools."
--John A.Sanchez, executive director, East Side House Settlement,
the Bronx, New York
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