"Gonsalves and Leonard's new book offers a strategy for educators and school officials to use that moves beyond traditional solutions like curricular changes, more rigorous academic content in the classroom, or school restructuring designed to maximize the impact of the classroom. The authors assert that effective and lasting change must come from cultural change….By examining the trends, policies, and challenges of Dorchester High School in Boston, much like those of high schools all over the United States, the authors capture the lessons learned from Dorchester's history that should be instructive to educators and school officials today. They also examined Dorchester High in the context of community partnerships. This book will engage the reader. The authors do a good job of helping readers to connect the characters, time, and context of the Dorchester case with the needs and experiences of the readers' own students and communities." - MultiCultural Review
"Gonsalves and Leonard provide a case study of Dorchester High School in Boston (where both the authors have worked), which they consider in the context of national and local history from 1945 to 2006, as well as the geographical and sociological context of the local neighborhoods and community partnerships. They then present lessons learned and recommendations for urban high school reform work through their framework, which is based on the theories of Urie Bronfenbrenner and his ecological systems approach. The impact of community partners, challenges urban teenagers face, and the role of school leaders in cultural change are discussed." - Reference & Research Book News
About the Author
Lisa Gonsalves is Assistant Professor at the Graduate College of Education, University of Massachusetts, Boston. She also serves as Faculty Coordinator of the Teach Next Year Professional Development School Teacher Preparation Program at Dorchester High School.
John Leonard is Headmaster, Economics and Business Academy, Dorchester Education Complex, Boston Public Schools.