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Reform As Learning

Author : Lea Ann Hubbard
ISBN : 9781135925499
Genre : Education
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Looking closely at the recent reform efforts in San Diego, this book explores the full range of critical issues pertaining to urban school reform. Drawing on the systemic school reform initiative that was launched in San Diego in the 1990s, this book explores all layers of the school reform process - from leadership in the central office, to work with principals and teachers, to the impact on how teachers worked with students in the classroom. The authors draw on careful ethnographic research collected over the entire four years of the San Diego reforms, in order to identify, not only how teachers, principals and other district educators were shaped by the large-scale reforms, but also the ways in which the reform unfolded. In doing so, the book shows more broadly how actors throughout a school system can change the views of leaders and impact the larger reform process.

The Death And Life Of The Great American School System

Author : Diane Ravitch
ISBN : 9780465097999
Genre : Education
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A passionate plea to preserve and renew public education, The Death and Life of the Great American School System is a radical change of heart from one of America’s best-known education experts. Diane Ravitch—former assistant secretary of education and a leader in the drive to create a national curriculum—examines her career in education reform and repudiates positions that she once staunchly advocated. Drawing on over forty years of research and experience, Ravitch critiques today’s most popular ideas for restructuring schools, including privatization, standardized testing, punitive accountability, and the feckless multiplication of charter schools. She shows conclusively why the business model is not an appropriate way to improve schools. Using examples from major cities like New York, Philadelphia, Chicago, Denver, and San Diego, Ravitch makes the case that public education today is in peril. Ravitch includes clear prescriptions for improving America’s schools: leave decisions about schools to educators, not politicians or businessmen devise a truly national curriculum that sets out what children in every grade should be learning expect charter schools to educate the kids who need help the most, not to compete with public schools pay teachers a fair wage for their work, not “merit pay” based on deeply flawed and unreliable test scores encourage family involvement in education from an early age The Death and Life of the Great American School System is more than just an analysis of the state of play of the American education system. It is a must-read for any stakeholder in the future of American schooling.

Curriculum Community And Urban School Reform

Author : B. Franklin
ISBN : 9780230105744
Genre : Education
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This book asserts that efforts to reform schools, particularly urban schools, are events that engender a host of issues and conflicts that have been interpreted through the conceptual lens of community.


Author : Lyn Sharratt
ISBN : 9781412973854
Genre : Education
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'Sharratt and Fullan are an educational dream team! The combination of Sharratt's keen observations from her battle-tested district leadership experience and Fullan's astute perspectives on the essential challenges of systemic reform produce fresh insights into the most difficult, yet most central challenges facing local education reformers today. Together the authors generate important new knowledge of how to sustain and deepen districtwide instructional reform beyond the first generation' - Jonathan Supovitz Associate Professor, University of Pennsylvania, Senior Researcher, Consortium for Policy Research in Education Districtwide performance improvement requires a focus on capacity building, empowering colleagues throughout the organization to move change forward. Written by an experienced administrator who accomplished districtwide improvement on the ground and an internationally recognized expert in large-scale education reform, this compelling book outlines a step-by-step approach to implementing lasting, positive change across an entire district. This resource examines 13 research-based parameters for improving teacher and student performance, including advice on optimizing existing resources, and then introduces a 14th parameter--Realization--that goes beyond capacity building at the school and district level to systemwide change at the state level. Readers will find: - A wealth of school-specific strategies that support effective assessment and instructional practices to improve students' fundamental academic skills - "Do's" and "don'ts" from real districtwide school improvement programmes - Guidance on implementing programme assessment and establishing accountability Help your district advance from vision to action to realization of student achievement.

Including Families And Communities In Urban Education

Author : Catherine M. Hands
ISBN : 9781617353994
Genre : Education
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A volume in Issues in Urban Education Series Editors Denise E. Armstrong, Brock University and Brenda J. McMahon, Florida State University This book is intended to examine in depth the issues surrounding family and community involvement initially presented in the book, Inclusion in Urban Educational Environments: Addressing Issues of Diversity, Equity, and Social Justice. It contributes to the ongoing conversations in academia as well as in the profession around effectively engaging all families in their children's education, and building relationships with diverse community members around common educational goals. The book seeks to address issues related to structure, culture, and the agency of individuals and educational organizations. Structure refers to the external forces that impose upon and attempt to define social action, particularly, the institutional arrangements that schools, families and communities have traditionally held in relationship to each other and to the district, state and federal government. Education is tied system of class relations that structures racism, classism and sexism in response to the desire of dominant groups to preserve their privilege and power. The consequence is the economic position of low-income ethnic minority students, the population that we find most frequently in urban schools, is merely reproduced. Students and families from these backgrounds often feel alienated and marginalized and thus unable to engage actively with schools that are viewed as representing the interests of the white middle class. Understanding the success and failures of school, family and community partnerships also demands an examination of the cultural factors that are involved. By looking at culture, both that of the school and the community, we gain a better understanding of how the ideologies, beliefs and values held by the various constituents give rise to ideological conflicts that may impede collaborations. Partnerships are driven by the individual actions or agency of those involved. This collection demonstrates how actions or agency are tied to structural and cultural factors, including racial, ethnic, class, linguistic and gendered positions. Through the contributions of a team of authors who examine family and community involvement in education, a compelling argument is made for the need to attend to issues of structure, culture, and agency. Typically applied to school reform and change issues, this framework adds a new perspective to the family and community involvement literature, and may help to explain why strong family-school-community partnerships are not more widespread despite the abundance of literature that details the benefits of partnering for students, school personnel and their partners. By looking at the structures in the schools, districts and broader community that impact family and community involvement, the organizational cultures that support or limit their involvement, and the ability for students, their families, the community members and school personnel to make a difference in education, the book not only demonstrates the importance of these elements, but how they work together or against each other. Most importantly, the book illustrates how authentic partnerships - characterized by respectful, two-way communication that leads to shared goals and mutually beneficial relationships - can be created and maintained.

The Role Of Research In Educational Improvement

Author : John Bransford
ISBN : UOM:39015080814992
Genre : Education
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Critics within and outside the field of education often point out the absence of a strong reciprocal connection between research and practice. The emergence of standards-based reform and the passage of NCLB have generated increasing pressure for evidence-based decision making at all levels. Yet there is little clarity about how research results are actually used in education, or what kinds of evidence are most useful to practitioners and policymakers. In this book, leading scholars in the field examine the available research on the use of evidence in education and provide suggestions for strengthening the research-to-practice pipeline.

Book Review Index 2009

Author : Dana Ferguson
ISBN : 1414419120
Genre : Language Arts & Disciplines
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