Leadership Academy Summary

GW448H316The New Bedford High School Leadership Academy is an autonomous small learning community set within a comprehensive, urban high school.  Begun as an extension of the school’s larger restructuring efforts, the academy seeks to develop flexibility and autonomy in the areas of curriculum, budget, scheduling, staffing and other district policies as required by the DESE’s Readiness Schools initiative.  The academy demonstrates a thematic approach focused on leadership skills and values to improve learning for the school’s most ‘at risk’ students.  The design work completed this summer will be compiled into a written proposal submitted to the DESE by September 15th for approval.  Preparation for September 2010 implementation will begin in the 2009-2010 school year as capacity-building, stakeholder engagement, curriculum writing, scheduling, and more, takes place.

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