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Improbable ScholarsThe Rebirth of a Great American School System and a Strategy for America’s Schools$
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David L. Kirp

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780199987498

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2013

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199987498.001.0001

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New Kids on the Block

New Kids on the Block

George Washington Elementary School

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Improbable Scholars

David L. Kirp

Oxford University Press

This chapter describes the work of Les Hanna, principal at George Washington Elementary School in Union City, New Jersey. Not long ago, the job of the principal was to run the school—ordering supplies, balancing the budget, patrolling corridors, and filling out paperwork. That scutwork hasn't gone away, but now principals are expected to be academic leaders as well. They're supposed to know what's being taught and how to teach it effectively; how to interpret ever more sophisticated information about students' performance, using it to help teachers reach the youngsters who haven't caught on; and enlisting parents and local talent in the shared enterprise of supporting the kids. The Principal of George Wahington Elementary chool, Hanna, has focused her efforts into creating a welcoming environment for both students and their parents. She is also dedicated to improving the performance of her students in the New Jersey Assessment of Skills and Knowledge tests, which effectively define success for the school.

Keywords:   parents, teachers, school principals, public schools, Les Hanna, No Child Left Behind Act, New Jersey

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