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Taking Small Steps Towards Change at a Big, Traditional High School

It’s easy to hear or read stories of innovation happening at other schools and write them off — those schools won a grant to try something new, or work with a less difficult population, or are charter networks, or are smaller, the list goes on. And while these factors matter, innovation is happening in big traditional schools too. How can administrators and teachers working in more traditional settings incorporate interest-driven, student-centered approaches without letting go of the diversity and broad offerings of a comprehensive school? It’s a challenge, but it starts with small steps.