The Message 2.0: Perceptions of Success from Members of the Founding Class of MC Squared STEM High School

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McClellan, Jeffrey D
STEM Education; Partnerships; Mastery Learning; Social Engagement; Motivation; Self-Managament; Internships; Curriculum and Instruction; Curriculum and Social Inquiry; Disability and Equity in Education; Educational Leadership; Educational Methods; Elementary and Middle and Secondary Education Administration; Science and Mathematics Education; Urban Education
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This dissertation examines the methods of learning from the student’s perspective in order to understand what made the first graduating class of MC Squared successful. The conceptual model of student success composed of non-academic factors of motivation, social connectedness, and self-management was used for the lens from which to understand the six students in depth. Through the research, it was uncovered that diversified learning environments, a mastery based assessment system, and an unwavering acceptance of students within a challenging and supportive environment are essential to the success achieved at MC Squared STEM High School. Lastly, the seminal contribution of this work is the Student Success Triangle (realignment of the primary non-academic factors).