REDUCE STRESS AND IMPROVE ACADEMIC SUCCESS WITH THIS RESEARCH–BACKED FRAMEWORK FOR CHANGE
Our increasingly fast–paced world is interfering with sound educational practices and harming kids both physically and mentally. Overloaded and Underprepared: Strategies for Stronger Schools and Healthy, Successful Kids gives teachers, administrators, and parents the information, tools, and strategies needed to begin making immediate changes at school, in the community, and at home to benefit all students. Based on the Challenge Success program a research–based project founded at Stanford University′s Graduate School of Education this vital resource shows how to create a more balanced and academically fulfilling life for kids.
Step by step, Denise Pope, Maureen Brown, and Sarah Miles outline a concrete framework to reduce student stress while engaging kids in real learning. Overloaded and Underprepared details strategies and techniques that have been proven to work with tens of thousands of students, like hands–on learning and alternative assessments, as well as educating kids and parents about healthier ways to handle stress. The book helps to identify areas for improvement at school, brainstorm possible solutions, identify potential obstacles, and offer ways to achieve buy–in from multiple stakeholders.
The illustrative, real–life case studies from schools throughout the country offer a guide for change and a practical action plan that can be implemented in a single classroom or on a school–wide scale. Overloaded and Underprepared helps better prepare students mentally, emotionally, and academically to handle the challenges they will face in school and in life.
List of Tables, Figures, and Exhibits v
About the Authors vii
About Challenge Success ix
1 From Vision to Action: An Overview of the School Change Process 7
2 A Saner Schedule 19
3 The Homework Dilemma 39
4 Engagement Matters: Backward Planning and Project–Based Learning 61
5 Authentic and Alternative Assessments 89
6 The Advanced Placement Program Benefits and Challenges 121
7 Creating a Climate of Care 135
8 Educating the Whole School 163
9 Keeping Momentum for Positive School Change 185
Appendix: Shadow Day, Fishbowls, and Dialogue Nights 193