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Achieving College DreamsHow a University-Charter District Partnership Created an Early College High School$
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Rhona S. Weinstein and Frank C. Worrell

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780190260903

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2016

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190260903.001.0001

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Introduction—A University’s Role in Secondary School Reform

Introduction—A University’s Role in Secondary School Reform

(p.3) 1 Introduction—A University’s Role in Secondary School Reform
Achieving College Dreams

Rhona S. Weinstein

Frank C. Worrell

Oxford University Press

This chapter provides the context that made a university role in comprehensive secondary reform a vital imperative for the University of California, Berkeley and sets the stage for a partnership with Aspire Public Schools to open the California College Preparatory Academy. This context includes the demise of affirmative action in college admissions, the leaky academic pipeline of low-income students and students of color, and a mandate to rethink secondary school design for both equity and excellence. The chapter also describes the need for a longitudinal case study of partnered new school development. Reflecting findings from public scholarship and diverse voices, this book covers the beginnings of the partnership and the school, collaborative research examples that informed school development, practitioner knowledge about achieving equity and excellence in a high school, and lessons learned about how to prepare all students to be ready for college and successful once there.

Keywords:   achievement gap, affirmative action, equity and excellence, secondary school reform, university–district partnership

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