Thursday, October 9, 2014

New academy at Holy Family

This looks like a good model for a magnet for PPS- it is impressive, and most likely was developed with few or any consultant dollars or huge grants, despite a fair amount of coordination and individualized programming:


Anonymous said...

it can't be a coincidence that the more successful schools are small in the 9-12 level. every time I hear of a school where the dress code is strict and enforced AND well received it makes me remember how opposed to uniforms some board members have been in the past, including Ms. Colaizzi. or actually, maybe only Ms. C. some actions seem so simple yet meet with resistance in pps. wny?

Anonymous said...

Well, uh, if it's well received, it probably doesn't need much enforcement nor strictness!

Dress codes seem to create a small change for the first year and then the effect pretty much disappears.

Small schools, too, have not been shown to be a panacea. Schools that people choose to send their kids to, and have to jump through at least a hoop or two to do so? Those do well too. That's because they get kids whose parents are interested in their educations, have the ability to search out good alternatives, and have the time/money/wherewithal to follow through on application procedures.

Repeat after me: there is no silver bullet.

It's not a strict dress code.

It's not a smaller school at the HS level.

There is no ONE (or even two or three) things that you can do to insure success.

Administrators need to have common sense, a good education background, a rapport with students, teachers, and parents, and the ability to go with things that work in that exact setting, even if they aren't the flavor of the day in education or at the central administration.

There are so many moving parts to a school that pretending that one or two little changes will create big change is laughable. It's attention to many, many pieces along with the ability to adjust and adapt as conditions change that mark a successful school.