Including Students with Challenges in High Performing, Restructured High Schools
Allen Phelps, UW-Madison
Phelps shares interesting and insightful findings derived from a study of restructured high schools and the extent to which the field is able to serve students with a wide variety of challenges. America's high school population and America's population in general is becoming much more heterogeneous, and the challenges that high schools face, as the field endeavors to try to teach all students according to the same high standards, is a very significant kind of endeavor. Phelps shares some of the preliminary findings from the Research Institute on Secondary Education Reform, funded by the U.S. Office of Education and the Office of Special Education Programs. Phelps and his colleagues have been working with a network of four schools across the country that have undergone some substantial restructuring, and at the same time they have put in place things like personal learning plans for all the student populations and provided community-based learning opportunities and created graduation by portfolio types of requirements.