What are the first steps that Ms. Flores, the school principal, and the School Improvement Team should take to support students with disabilities throughout the school system?

Page 1: Assume Collective Responsibility for All Students

In this section, you will learn about some of the research that has been done at schools selected as Beacons of Excellence schools. Schools in urban, suburban, and rural locations were selected through school reviews, interviews, and surveys. The criteria used for the selection of Beacons of Excellence schools included:

  • Academic and functional literacy
  • Preparation of students for post-school life (i.e., career or employment, post-secondary education, independent living)
  • Access to general education curriculum for all students
  • School and community (e.g., families and community members) involvement
  • Page High School (Franklin, TN)
  • Sinagua High School (Flagstaff, AZ)
  • High School of Telecommunication Arts and Technology (Brooklyn, NY)
  • William H. Turner Technical Arts High School (Miami, FL)

Beacons of Excellence schools enjoy higher academic outcomes for all of their students because of a sense of collective responsibility for student learning that exists between school leaders, teachers, other school employees, parents, and students. More specifically, this collective responsibility is achieved when school leaders:

  • Promote collaboration between teachers and principals
  • Encourage collaboration among teachers
  • Support collaboration between school staff and parents
  • Ensure shared high expectations for students
  • Make group decisions about accommodations
  • Adequately prepare students for tests
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