Every once in a while, parents post about how they started at an unpopular school, and were able to turn it around into a popular school - Miraloma being the most cited example.
The reasons most often cited include: existing good/great principal and teachers, parent involvement, etc.
I feel this is good news, but it makes me wanting more—the complete picture.
* What are the ingredients of success for creating a "popular" school, out of an "unpopular" school? Is it a simple matter of parent involvement, or does it matter what kind of families (with different kinds of cultural or educational values) participate?
* How to achieve each necessary ingredient? In some cases, you have no control right? If the principal or teachers are not motivated, there's not much you can do, right? What are the necessary steps of the process and how long does it realistically take?
* Why does it work? My biggest question is, how does something as seemingly simple as parent involvement translate into a 600/700's school turning into an upper 800's school?
Perhaps, if we discuss this topic, this can provide valuable information for those contemplating their assignments at John Muir and DeAvila.
Monday, March 16, 2009
Hot topic: How to turn around a school
An SF K Files visitor has the following questions for the group: