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Title: Engaging Schools: Fostering High School Students' Motivation to Learn
Date: 2003
National Academies Press
A number of research-based strategies have emerged to keep high school students engaged in learning and motivated to achieve. Among them are:
(1) an academic program that is challenging and engaging for students of different backgrounds; (2) teachers trained to use demanding curricula with diverse groups of differing abilities; (3) counseling for students that is shared among all professional staff; (4) smaller learning communities that encourage personal, caring relationships among staff and students; (5) assessment tools that are aligned with academic standards that promote thorough understanding and critical thinking; and
(6) input from the broader community.

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