MUST READ, MORE OF THIS @ArneDuncan: Crenshaw H.S.'s rigorous, relevant curriculum dedicated to social justice that engages students in problem-solving in their own communities. "In math, students graphed the relationship between income and social opportunity in various south L.A. neighborhoods. In social studies, they read conservative and liberal proposals for school reform and practiced citing data in their own written arguments about how to improve education. In science, students designed experiments that could test policy hypotheses about how to improve education. And in English class, they read Our America, a work of narrative non-fiction about life in the Ida B. Wells housing projects on the South Side of Chicago."
Becoming Part of the Solution
Crenshaw High School: Crenshaw’s reform plan breaks the school up into teacher-led “small learning academies” with themes such as “business” and “social justice.” Within each academy, teachers work together to create interdisciplinary units built around community problem-solving. Last semester, the…