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Six "Guiding Principles" for Redesigning High Schools

Appalachian Regional Resource Centers

  1. Students should feel a personal connection to their high school experience. School guidance programs are important, as are internships and lessons customized to each student's learning style.
  2. All students should be held to high academic and personal standards.
  3. Students must believe that what they learn is relevant to their lives; students should be able to personalize their learning.
  4. Teachers should be facilitators, mentors, and coaches.
  5. Each student's learning should be monitored and documented.
  6. Data about that learning should be used to tweak the system to make it better