Wisconsin

A Communitywide Committee: Working Together for Education Reform

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"Our town is small, so the families here just seem to feel like everyone is needed to make the school work," says Chris Farley, mother of three students in the Flambeau School District, which serves 700 students in a rural community in Wisconsin.

More than three-fifths of all households have participated in focus groups that set educational priorities in the district. Begun in 1994, the project, known as the Flambeau Action Committee on Education for Tomorrow, brings together family members, educators, and local officials to redesign the community's education system.

This article originally published on 7/1/1997

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Right of Passage: ROPE

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In order to earn a diploma, students at Walden III Middle/High School in Racine, Wisconsin, have to complete the Right of Passage Experience (ROPE).

Developed by Walden's teachers in 1973, ROPE is a demanding set of projects and presentations designed to evaluate student achievement and preparation for postsecondary life. The program is based on the principle that students' knowledge is cumulative and that they should be able to demonstrate an ability to apply what they have learned.

This article originally published on 7/1/1997

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Essentials for Educators: Reinventing the Well-Prepared Teacher

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More than twenty years ago, Alverno College in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, realized that a well-prepared teacher is someone who can do more than just get good grades and pass traditional tests in undergraduate education courses.

This article originally published on 7/1/1997

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A Statewide Approach: Helping Kids Stay in School

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Troubled by the recent death of his father and bored with high school, Mark Nordby seriously considered dropping out at the end of his sophomore year. Instead, he took a chance and enrolled in the Wisconsin Youth Apprenticeship Program. "I always learned better by doing and with this program, I got to put into practice what I studied in school that same day," he says.

This article originally published on 7/1/1997

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