Changing School Culture: Commit to Action
In rethinking how to approach the study hall period, Neuqua Valley High School in Naperville, Ill., devised the "option period," which allows students to choose between working in a study hall, the library, the computer lab, a writing center, or a common area sitting against their lockers, or conferring with a dean or counselor. The choices "allow students to have freedom" within the confines of the building, say school officials. The option period also fosters independence among students and builds trust between students and staff.
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