Strategies for Leading High School Reform
In October of 2003, the U. S. Department of Education brought over 600 leaders together for a national High School Leadership Summit. This meeting launched the Preparing America’s Future High School Initiative, and signaled the Bush Administration’s intent to make high school improvement a top priority. Arizona sent a team of education leaders to this summit, led by Karen Butterfield, Deputy Associate Superintendent of the Arizona Department of Education. In July 2004 this state team developed the Arizona High School Renewal and Improvement initiative (AZHSRI).
At the same time, The National Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP) has developed a program called Breaking Ranks II: Strategies for leading High School Reform. They have produced a handbook of strategies for high school principals to lead this reform in their schools and have sent this handbook to each Principal in every state. In August 2004, The Arizona School Administrators (ASA) received a Breaking Ranks II grant from NASSP to convene a BRII Summit in early 2005. The first BR II Summit was held at ASU West. A team of Arizona Educators attended a three day training session learning the BRII strategies in Portland ,Oregon in September 2004. This team is to be the trainer of a cadre of trainers to go out into the schools and help Principals and their faculties implement the BRII strategies in the handbook.
The ASA and ADE have joined together to convene the BRII and the AZHSRI into one program to renew Arizona’s high schools with the goal of improving student achievement, developing their talent and instilling core values to meet their civic responsibilities. This is the background for the program, and we need your help to implement it in our high schools throughout the state.
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Robert Gray, Director, Accountability-Support & Innovation
Tel: (602) 364-2202
Fax: (602) 542-5334
Arizona Department of Education
1535 West Jefferson Street, Bin 10
Phoenix, Arizona 85007