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School Reform, General

Charter Schools at the Crossroads

Predicaments, Paradoxes, Possibilities
Chester E. Finn, Jr., Bruno V. Manno, and Brandon L. Wright

Charter Schools at the Crossroads offers a frank and nuanced analysis of the successes and shortcomings of the charter movement, and outlines possible directions for the future. Few observers present at the creation of the first charter schools a quarter-century ago could have predicted how rapidly this movement would spread or how thoroughly it would come to dominate the education reform agenda. And few recent debates in education have been as highly charged as those over charter schools’ roles, responsibilities, and results.

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Creating Research-Practice Partnerships in Education

William R. Penuel and Daniel J. Gallagher, Foreword by John Q. Easton

Creating Research-Practice Partnerships in Education is an invaluable resource for educators and researchers seeking to develop long-term collaborations in which educators and researchers work together to study and solve pressing problems of practice. Drawing on a wide range of examples, the authors describe the purposes for which partnerships may be organized, the forms that these endeavors may take, challenges that they typically face, and strategies for overcoming those challenges. The book includes tools and routines for working together as well as strategies for ensuring equity of participation on both sides.

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Customized Schooling

Beyond Whole-School Reform
Edited by Frederick M. Hess and Bruno V. Manno

Customized Schooling aims to reorient discussions about school reform by moving away from “whole school” solutions to customized services and products.

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Cutting Through the Hype

The Essential Guide to School Reform
Jane L. David and Larry Cuban

Revised, Expanded, and Updated Edition

Cutting Through the Hype: The Essential Guide to School Reform offers balanced analyses of 23 currently popular school reform strategies, from teacher performance pay and putting mayors in charge to turnaround schools and data-driven instruction.

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Cutting Through the Hype

The Essential Guide to School Reform
Jane L. David and Larry Cuban

Revised, Expanded, and Updated Edition

Cutting Through the Hype: The Essential Guide to School Reform offers balanced analyses of 23 currently popular school reform strategies, from teacher performance pay and putting mayors in charge to turnaround schools and data-driven instruction.

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Design-Based School Improvement

A Practical Guide for Education Leaders
Rick Mintrop

At the heart of the effort to enact and scale up successful school reforms is the need for more robust links between research and practice. One promising approach is design development, a methodology widely used in other fields and only recently adapted to education, which offers a disciplined process for identifying practical problems, assessing evidence of outcomes, accounting for variability in implementation and results, and establishing a foundation for broader understanding of the problem and proposed solutions.

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Education Reform in New York City

Ambitious Change in the Nation’s Most Complex School System
Edited by Jennifer A. O’Day, Catherine S. Bitter, and Louis M. Gomez

Written in an accessible style by highly respected scholars, the papers in this volume document and analyze particular components of the Children First reforms, including governance, community engagement, finance, accountability, and instruction.

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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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Equal Scrutiny

Privatization and Accountability in Digital Education
Patricia Burch and Annalee G. Good

In the current rush to adopt and expand digital learning, many important considerations are being overlooked that will have major consequences for the future of American public education. As private education technology contractors and vendors move deeper into the work of public education, questions concerning the quality of the services, who is served, and who benefits need to be answered.

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Excellence Gaps in Education

Expanding Opportunities for Talented Students
Jonathan A. Plucker and Scott J. Peters

In Excellence Gaps in Education, Jonathan A. Plucker and Scott J. Peters shine a spotlight on “excellence gaps”—the achievement gaps among subgroups of students performing at the highest levels of achievement. Much of the focus of recent education reform has been on closing gaps in achievement between students from different racial, ethnic, or socioeconomic backgrounds by bringing all students up to minimum levels of proficiency. Yet issues related to excellence gaps have been largely absent from discussions about how to improve our schools and communities. Plucker and Peters argue that these significant gaps reflect the existence of a persistent talent underclass in the United States among African American, Hispanic, Native American, and poor students, resulting in an incalculable loss of potential among our fastest growing populations. 

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Hire Better Teachers Now

Using the Science of Selection to Find the Best Teachers for Your School
Dale S. Rose, Andrew English, and Treena Gillespie Finney

While it is clear that better teachers get better results with students, school leaders often put themselves at a disadvantage by not hiring the best teachers available.

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