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Education Policy

A Nation Reformed?

American Education Twenty Years after A Nation at Risk
Edited by David T. Gordon with a foreward by Patricia Albjerg Graham

A Nation Reformed? takes stock of twenty years of school reform. Was the nation really ever "at risk" and, if so, is it still? Which reforms have made a difference and which haven't? And where do we go from here?

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A Nation Reformed?

American Education Twenty Years after A Nation at Risk
Edited by David T. Gordon with a foreward by Patricia Albjerg Graham

A Nation Reformed? takes stock of twenty years of school reform. Was the nation really ever "at risk" and, if so, is it still? Which reforms have made a difference and which haven't? And where do we go from here?

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Assessing NCLB

Perspectives and Prescriptions
Edited by Sara Schwartz Chrismer, Shannon T. Hodge, and Debby Saintil

The Harvard Educational Review Special Issue on No Child Left Behind brings together diverse perspectives on and analyses of NCLB that can inform reauthorization discussions.

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Carrots, Sticks, and the Bully Pulpit

Lessons from a Half-Century of Federal Efforts to Improve America’s Schools
Edited by Frederick M. Hess and Andrew P. Kelly

This timely book brings together a remarkable group of authors who examine the federal role in education policy and reform during the past fifty years.

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Education and the Obama Presidency

A Special Issue of the Harvard Educational Review

This special issue of the Harvard Educational Review considers the challenges and opportunities facing President Barack Obama in his efforts to reform educational policy and practice in the United States.

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Educational Entrepreneurship Today

Edited by Frederick M. Hess and Michael Q. McShane

In Educational Entrepreneurship Today, Frederick M. Hess and Michael Q. McShane assemble a diverse lineup of high-profile contributors to examine the contexts in which new initiatives in education are taking shape. They inquire into the impact of entrepreneurship on the larger field—including the development and deployment of new technologies—and analyze the incentives, barriers, opportunities, and tensions that support or constrain innovation.

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Failing Our Brightest Kids

The Global Challenge of Educating High-Ability Students
Chester E. Finn, Jr. and Brandon L. Wright

In this provocative volume, Chester E. Finn, Jr., and Brandon L. Wright argue that, for decades, the United States has done too little to focus on educating students to achieve at high levels. The authors identify two core problems: First, compared to other countries, the United States does not produce enough high achievers. Second, students from disadvantaged backgrounds are severely underrepresented among those high achievers. The authors describe educating students to high levels of achievement as an issue of both equity and human capital: talented students deserve appropriate resources and attention, and the nation needs to develop these students’ abilities to remain competitive in the international arena.

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From the Ivory Tower to the Schoolhouse

How Scholarship Becomes Common Knowledge in Education
Jack Schneider, foreword by Larry Cuban

Why do so many promising ideas generated by education research fail to penetrate the world of classroom practice?

In From the Ivory Tower to the Schoolhouse, education historian Jack Schneider seeks to answer this familiar and vexing question by turning it on its head. He looks at four well-known ideas that emerged from the world of scholarship—Bloom’s Taxonomy, multiple intelligences, the project method, and direct instruction—and asks what we can learn from their success in influencing teachers.

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Improving the Odds for America's Children

Future Directions in Policy and Practice
Edited by Kathleen McCartney, Hirokazu Yoshikawa, and Laurie B. Forcier; foreword by Congressman George Miller; afterword by by Marian Wright Edelman, founder and president, Children’s Defense Fund

This landmark volume commemorates the fortieth anniversary of the Children’s Defense Fund, which has been an uncompromising champion of American youth for all of those years. Yet the book looks not to the past but at our current circumstances— and at the challenges we must meet now and in the future on behalf of our young people. The book examines critical issues—prenatal and infant health and development, early child care and education, school reform, the achievement gap, vulnerable children, juvenile justice, and child poverty—and highlights crucial practical and policy measures we need to consider and undertake if we are to better serve American children.

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Rethinking Readiness

Deeper Learning for College, Work, and Life
Edited by Rafael Heller, Rebecca E. Wolfe, and Adria Steinberg

Rethinking Readiness offers a new set of competencies to replace the narrow learning goals of No Child Left Behind and, in chapters written by some of the nation’s most well-respected education scholars, explores their implications for schools. 
Available April 2017

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Something in Common

The Common Core Standards and the Next Chapter in American Education
Robert Rothman, foreword by Governor James B. Hunt, Jr.

Something in Common is the first book to provide a detailed look at the groundbreaking Common Core State Standards and their potential to transform American education.

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