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Don't miss another recent Education World article, Ordinary Resurrections: An e-Interview With Jonathan Kozol. Kozol's uniquely passionate take on urban schools and urban schoolchildren has been documented in such books as Death at an Early Age and, more recently, Ordinary Resurrections: Children in the Years of Hope.
Effective schools in New York City shine brightly in an educational system fraught with problems. Hoping to learn what makes effective schools work, Education World visited three of them.
Mother Hale Academy is a public elementary school in the South Bronx. No single magic bullet prevails at the three schools.
Each offers a different curriculum and different approaches to teaching and learning. However, each school has developed an environment that nurtures student achievement and personal development: Student settings, either class size or student population, are small.
Ground rules set the tone for respectful behavior.
High expectations and clear consequences are articulated to students frequently. Staff is dedicated and caring. Structured daily and classroom routines provide stability and direction. Because of the size of city school districts -- New York City is the nation's largest school system with 1, public schools and 78, teachers -- urban educators often teach large numbers of at-risk students.
Historically, at-risk children share some common characteristics. They are often poor children who are members of minority groups.
Many are immigrants, or children of immigrants, who do not speak English at home. They often have limited proficiency in English or are bilingual. Mothers who have not completed high school are raising many at-risk children. Statistically, students with such characteristics often drop out of high school or are among the lowest achievers.
Compounding those factors is the environment in which those students live; many live in neighborhoods rife with violence and crime.
The New York City school system as a whole has shown improvement in some areas, yet students continue to struggle. Dropout rates are on the rise, however.
Each minute ticks by in agonizing slowness. At the schools Education World visits, however, the classrooms are full of energy. Kids aren't snoozing -- they're active. The teachers are animated. During a day at Crossroads School, students in a science class conduct an experiment.
In another part of the school, students discuss ancient hieroglyphics and speculate about the use of artifacts discovered by archaeologists. Students raise their hands eagerly as Vance introduces each new word.
He writes each spelling word on the board as if it is pivotal to solving a murder mystery. Vance tells the students all the words have something in common. He invites them to use the clues to discover what trait the words share.
There are giggles and smiles from both teachers and students at these schools. Although the students like having fun in school, they know what it takes to learn. It's simple, students tell visitors; good teachers explain.
A staff member at Mother Hale agrees that for students to learn, explanations need to be specific and complete.An effective leader has certain, basic, visionary, characteristics.
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