Dr. Weinstein will draw on findings from her recent book, Achieving College Dreams: How a University-Charter District Partnership Created an Early College High School (Weinstein and Worrell [Eds.], Oxford University Press, 2016). The book tells the story of a 10-year collaboration between the University of California, Berkeley and Aspire Public Schools, undertaken to build the California College Preparatory Academy (CAL Prep) as a model for providing low-income and first-generation college youth with an excellent and equitable education. Reflecting collaborative research and diverse voices from students to superintendents, this edited book charts the journey from the initial decision to open a school to the high school graduation of its first two classes, capturing both struggle and success.
This presentation will highlight the tenets of “expectation” theory, as applied to schools, and identify features of school design/practices that must change to better prepare underserved students for university eligibility and success. With heightened expectations of college for all – in the face of sharply unequal opportunities – universities and schools must partner to ensure a level playing field for all our children and youth.
Rhona S. Weinstein is Professor of the Graduate School in the Psychology Department at University of California, Berkeley. Former Director of the Clinical Science Program and founding Co-Director of Research/Development for CAL Prep, she received a B.A. from McGill University and Ph.D. in clinical/community psychology from Yale University. Weinstein’s research focuses on the dynamics of academic expectations and self-fulfilling prophecies, educational equity, and school reform. Author of the book Reaching Higher: The Power of Expectations in Schooling (Harvard University Press, 2002/2004), she has received numerous awards for scholarship, teaching, and service. These include Exemplary Research on Teaching and Teacher Education (Division K, American Educational Research Association), Distinguished Contributions to Theory and Research in Community Psychology (Division 27, American Psychological Association), and from UC Berkeley, the University Distinguished Teaching Award, the Chancellor’s Award for Advancing Institutional Excellence, and the Berkeley Citation.