Magazine article Techniques

ACTE to Focus on Small Learning Communities

Magazine article Techniques

ACTE to Focus on Small Learning Communities

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These are exciting times for high school reform. Across the nation, the career academy and smaller learning community (SLCs) movement is making a big difference. Research shows that career academies and SLCs:

* Connect the rigor of college-prep academic courses with the relevancy of the real world;

* Improve attendance and graduation rates;

* Increase teacher job satisfaction and effectiveness;

* Build a sense of belonging and well-being among students;

* Decrease discipline problems and prevent violence; and

* Challenge students to perform at their full potential.

It is apparent to ACTE that career and technical education programs can readily become career academies and in fact lend themselves to this format. To help educators interested in this educational format, ACTE has created the Educational Services Department, which has been active on a number of fronts.

Earlier this year, ACTE created a pilot Community of Practice for career academies and SLCs. For those interested, simply go to http://cop.acteonline.org/ COP log in and join the career academies SLCs community. There you can view and share documents and ask questions of peers and colleagues.

On the professional development side, ACTE has created a conference-within-a-convention just for career academies and SLCs. Attend ACTE's Convention in New Orleans from Dec. 8-10, and hear the leaders in the career academy and SLC movement present sessions on topics such as the national standards, best practices, program structure, scheduling, teacher and student recruitment, articulation, counseling, partnerships, parental involvement, and research and data collection. …

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