Steps to Schoolwide Success

Steps to Schoolwide Success Systemic Practices for Connecting Social-Emotional and Academic Learning

Stacey A. Rutledge, Marisa Cannata, Stephanie L. Brown, and Daniel G. Traeger
paper, 232 Pages
Pub. Date: March 2020
ISBN-13: 978-1-68253-459-5
Price: $32.00

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cloth, 232 Pages
Pub. Date: March 2020
ISBN-13: 978-1-68253-460-1
Price: $62.00

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Steps to Schoolwide Success makes a powerful case for the implementation of a school reform that bridges academic and social-emotional learning systems in high schools. Based on a multi-year project in Broward County, Florida, the book describes how the biggest difference in academic success from school to school was not in instructional practice but in the systematic attention to personal relationships between adults and students. In the higher performing schools, educators made deliberate efforts to engage with students; established organizational structures to support students; and encouraged a language and culture of personalization.


Steps to Schoolwide Success is exactly the right book, at exactly the right time, in a country striving for educational excellence and equity. It will empower high schools and their communities to advance the intellectual growth and emotional development of students in a dynamic societal context. It will also inspire educational professionals and researchers to collaborate in new partnerships to tackle pressing problems of practice. — Donald J. Peurach, associate professor, University of Michigan

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About the Authors

Stacey Rutledge is associate professor in the Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Studies at the Florida State University. Marisa Cannata is a research associate professor in the Peabody College of Education and Human Development at Vanderbilt University. Stephanie Brown is an assistant professor at York College of Pennsylvania in the Department of Education. Daniel G. Traeger is a district liaison representative for Florida Broward County Public Schools at National Center for Scaling Up Effective Schools with Florida Broward County Public Schools.

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