Transforming The High School Experience: The Practitioner's Guide to Small Learning Communities

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The essential guidebook for educators seeking a practical and effective method for transforming the large comprehensive high school into a successful system of small learning communities.

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Dr. Brooke Harms brings a wealth of practical knowledge about restructuring schools from her 30 years of experience in education. Brooke began her career in as a high school English teacher, and soon became an administrator at the high school, district and county levels concentrating on secondary education. Dr. Harms has served as Director of the California Professional Development Consortium, providing staff development programs to schools in Southern California. Most recently, Brooke has served as the Project Director for several federal grants, conducting critical work with 16 high schools in San Bernardino County to change large comprehensive schools into smaller learning communities. She has worked at the state level, serving as Chairperson for the California Department of Education School-To-Career Student Assessment Committee for four years, and assisted in developing the California Department of Education Professional Development Framework and Standards. Brooke holds a doctorate in Educational Leadership & Management from the University of La Verne, a Master's Degree in Speech/Business Communications, and a Bachelor's Degree in Speech and English. She is currently consulting with various districts and county offices within California to continue the work of redesigning high schools in order to better prepare students for life and work in the 21st Century.

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