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IES Grant

Title: Bringing Rigor and Relevance to High School Reform Through Thematic Curricula
Center: NCER Year: 2010
Principal Investigator: Connell, James Awardee: Institute for Research and Reform in Education (IRRE)
Program: Improving Education Systems      [Program Details]
Award Period: 7/1/10-6/30/13 Award Amount: $1,499,517
Type: Development and Innovation Award Number: R305A100423

The project will examine the promise of real-world, theme-based learning for engaging students in academic work at high schools serving predominantly low achieving, minority and and/or economically disadvantaged students and offering opportunities for students to focus on a career or interest in smaller learning environments. To this end, it will develop and pilot two high school curricula built around the themes of Health and the Arts that are to be aligned with state standards, academically rigorous, and engaging to all students.

** This project was submitted to and funded under Middle and High School Reform in FY 2010.