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Academies And Educational Reform

Author : Dr. Elizabeth Leo
ISBN : 184769487X
Genre : Education
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Behind the headlines and controversy surrounding new academy schools, many of their principals, teachers and pupils have been quietly changing the culture of learning and achievement in some of the most disadvantaged communities in England. While successful innovation and change is not unique to academies, this book illustrates how the academy policy represents a significant opportunity to improve the life chances of their pupils. Too much attention has focused on unanswerable questions about whether academies are better or worse than their predecessor or comparable schools in their neighbourhood. Too little focus has been on what policy makers and practitioners can learn from the different, and often conflicting, perspectives of the key players, notably sponsors, architects, principals, parents and pupils in order to create a school that can truly serve their community with distinction.

High School Career Academies

Author : Nan L. Maxwell
ISBN : 9780880992145
Genre : Education
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Improving Education Through Standards Based Reform

Author : Milbrey Wallin McLaughlin
ISBN : STANFORD:36105017088167
Genre : Education
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Critical Small Schools

Author : Maria Hantzopoulos
ISBN : 9781617356858
Genre : Education
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Critical Small Schools: Beyond Privatization in New York City Urban Educational Reform features the most current empirical research about the successes and challenges of the small schools movement and the implications of such for urban public educational policy. Situated in a climate of hierarchical reform, many of the principles of the original small schools movement?—which are rooted in community participation, innovative pedagogies and assessment, and equity and social justice?—have become obscured by an educational agenda that emphasizes topdown mandates and standardsbased reform. With the increased popularity and the rapid proliferation of small schools, the emphasis on ?‘size only?’ has resulted in a bifurcation of the small schools movement; on one end are the small schools which have embraced the democratic, participatory, and selfgoverning nature of the original movement, while on the other end are schools that have simply reduced their size without rethinking school structures and practices. This book distinguishes the small schools featured and researched in this volume from schools that are simply small and labels them ?“critical small schools.?” By documenting the practices that take place in various critical small schools in New York City, we show how these schools have narrowed the achievement gap and increased graduation and college acceptance rates. Although smallness is an essential feature in the design of these schools, it is certainly not the only one and this volume illuminates the other elements that contribute to these schools?’ successes and shortcomings. Critical Small Schools also challenges the recent emphasis on charter schools as a panacea for urban educational reform. By featuring research about the inner workings of public schools, this volume challenges this new direction that steers successful school development away from public education. Moreover, as every site is fraught with some tension, Critical Small Schools not only offers glimpses into intellectually vibrant and democratic learning communities, but also acknowledges that these concepts are not static and necessitate continual reflection and renewal. At this pivotal moment in educational reform, this volume provides keen insight into the challenges and possibilities of the small schools movement and is indispensable for anyone interested in comprehensive public school reform.

Psychological Theory And Educational Reform

Author : David R. Olson
ISBN : 0521532116
Genre : Education
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This book provides theoretical account of the reason behind the failure of most educational reform.

Presidents Congress And The Public Schools

Author : Jack Jennings
ISBN : 1612507964
Genre : Education
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In Presidents, Congress, and the Public Schools, longtime policy analyst Jack Jennings examines the evolution of federal education policy and outlines a bold and controversial vision for its future.

Blame Teachers

Author : Steven P. Jones
ISBN : 9781681232201
Genre : Education
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There is a story going around about the public schools and the people who teach in them—a story about how awful our nation’s teachers are and why we should blame teachers for the poor state of our public schools. But is the story about teachers right or fair? Why do so many people point fingers at teachers and seem to resent them so much? Blame Teachers: The Emotional Reasons for Educational Reform examines why many people blame teachers for what they understand to be the poor state of our schools. Blame comes easily to many people when they read about poor student performance and how “protected” teachers are by teachers’ unions and tenure policies. And with blame comes resentment, and with resentment comes demands for all kinds of educational reform—calls for more standardized testing, merit pay, charter schools, and all the rest. And we expect teachers to like and accept all the reforms being proposed. Conceiving educational reform out of blame and resentment aimed at teachers does no good for teachers, students, or schools. Blame Teachers outlines many of the strange and unacceptable assumptions about teaching and the purposes of education contained in these educational reforms. Intended for teachers, teacher education students, policymakers and the larger public, Blame Teachers suggests much better and more productive conversations we can have with teachers—conversations much more likely to improve teaching and learning in classrooms. The book argues for conversations with teachers that don’t begin or end with blame and resentment. In this lively, personal meditation on what it means to be a teacher, Steven Jones demonstrates how an emotional, unreasoned ‘blame game’ directed at teachers by educational reformers today is undercutting the future of the nation’s children. It is doing so by threatening to deprive them of teachers as contrasted with by?the?numbers technicians. Today’s reformers neglect the philosopher Spinoza’s time honored insight, that a person in the grip of emotion is “in human bondage” and simply cannot see the truth of things. Can educators themselves, in tandem with knowledgeable members of the public, transform the reformers’ dogmatic, harmful narrative about our teachers? Jones’ thoughtful study will surely help in this much?needed effort. ~ David T. Hansen, Weinberg Professor in the Historical and Philosophical Foundations of Education, Teachers College

Restructuring Schools

Author : Richard F. Elmore
ISBN : UOM:39015017935183
Genre : Education
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This book is designed to help policymakers, educators, and researchers develop a deeper understanding of the issues of school restructuring and to give greater conceptual clarity to the terms of the current debate. The chapters of the book contain forum papers that are organized into two main parts. Following chapter 1, "Introduction: On Changing the Structure of Public Schools" (Richard F. Elmore), part 1 presents five essays on school restructuring from several perspectives, focusing on proposals to change the nature of teaching and learning, teachers' working conditions, and the relationship between schools and their clients. They are entitled: (1) "Applying Conceptions of Teaching to Organizational Reform" (Brian Rowan); (2) "Fostering Teacher Professionalism in Schools" (Gary Sykes); (3) "Organizing Schools to Encourage Teacher Inquiry" (Hendrik D. Gideonse); (4) "Redesigning Teachers' Work" (Susan Moore Johnson); and (5) "Rethinking School Governance" (Mary Anne Raywid). Part 2 is a discussion of restructuring that takes into account the perspective of state and local policymakers and analyzes the actual experience of selected states and localities. Three chapters are entitled: (1) "Restructuring in Progress: Lessons from Pioneering Districts" (Jane L. David); (2) "Key Issues Confronting State Policymakers" (Michael Cohen); (3) "Conclusion: Toward a Transformation of Public Schooling" (Richard E. Elmore). (Contains 338 references.) (RR)

Hope Against Hope

Author : Sarah Carr
ISBN : 9781608195138
Genre : Education
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A moving portrait of school reform in New Orleans through the eyes of the students and educators living it.

Research And Education Reform

Author : Richard C. Atkinson
ISBN : NAP:11847
Genre : Education
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The Committee on the Federal Role in Education Research (CFRER), convened by the National Academy of Sciences (NAS), studied the structure, operations, and functioning of the Office of Educational Research and Improvement (OERI) in the Department of Education and the organizations it supports, and reviewed the roles of other agencies and the overall research needs of U.S. education. The United States is currently committed to education reform, in which the OERI may play a major role. The examination of the OERI found an agency severely challenged by external difficulties as well as internal problems. External problems include public conflicts about education and funding. Internal problems include a weak advisory council and frequent administrative turnover. Uneven quality control, limited coordination among OERI offices, and poor information dissemination are flaws that should be overcome. The CFRER concludes that the OERI should be rebuilt. CFRER recommendations are grouped according to: (1) governance; (2) organization and functions; (3) operations; and (4) funding. To accomplish its redefined functions, the OERI should receive a substantial funding increase. There is a 220-item list of references, and an appendix gives biographical sketches of 17 CFRER and staff members. (SLD)

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