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The Cage-Busting Teacher

Frederick M. Hess

The Cage-Busting Teacher adopts the logic of Cage-Busting Leadership and applies it to the unique challenges and opportunities of classroom teachers. Detailed, accessible, and thoroughly engaging, it uncovers the many ways in which teachers can break out of familiar constraints in order to influence school and classroom practice, education policy, and school reform. “Cage-busting is concrete, precise, and practical,” writes Frederick M. Hess. This invaluable book helps teachers understand why and how to revisit their assumptions and enables them to have greater impacts upon their schools and beyond.
 
Based on interviews with hundreds of teachers, teacher advocates, union leaders, and others, Hess identifies the challenges teachers face, seeks concrete and workable solutions, and offers recommendations to put those solutions in place. A uniquely practical and inspiring book, The Cage-Busting Teacher is for educators who want to shape the schools and systems in which they work.

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The Case for District-Based Reform

Leading, Building, and Sustaining School Improvement
Jonathan A. Supovitz

In 1999, the Duval County (Fla.) school system set out to improve every school in the district. Over the next five years, the district achieved stunning results that have drawn nationwide attention. Jonathan A. Supovitz uses the unfolding story of Duval County to develop a sophisticated and thoughtful analysis of the role of the school district in enacting large-scale reform.

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The Case for District-Based Reform

Leading, Building, and Sustaining School Improvement
Jonathan A. Supovitz

In 1999, the Duval County (Fla.) school system set out to improve every school in the district. Over the next five years, the district achieved stunning results that have drawn nationwide attention. Jonathan A. Supovitz uses the unfolding story of Duval County to develop a sophisticated and thoughtful analysis of the role of the school district in enacting large-scale reform.

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The Charter School Experiment

Expectations, Evidence, and Implications
Edited by Christopher A. Lubienski and Peter C. Weitzel, foreword by Jeffrey R. Henig

When charter schools first arrived on the American educational scene, few observers suspected that within two decades thousands of these schools would be established, serving almost a million and a half children across forty states. The widespread popularity of these schools, and of the charter movement itself, speaks to the unique and chronic desire for substantive change in American education. As an innovation in governance, the ultimate goal of the charter movement is to improve learning opportunities for all students—not only those who attend charter schools but also students in public schools that are affected by competition from charters.

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The Charter School Experiment

Expectations, Evidence, and Implications
Edited by Christopher A. Lubienski and Peter C. Weitzel, foreword by Jeffrey R. Henig

When charter schools first arrived on the American educational scene, few observers suspected that within two decades thousands of these schools would be established, serving almost a million and a half children across forty states. The widespread popularity of these schools, and of the charter movement itself, speaks to the unique and chronic desire for substantive change in American education. As an innovation in governance, the ultimate goal of the charter movement is to improve learning opportunities for all students—not only those who attend charter schools but also students in public schools that are affected by competition from charters.

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The Complex World of Teaching

Perspectives from Theory and Practice
Edited by Ethan Mintz and John T. Yun

In this collection of the best writing on teaching and teachers from the Harvard Educational Review, authors discuss the multiple demands, distractions, desires, and dilemmas that teachers face in their daily work.

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The Complex World of Teaching

Perspectives from Theory and Practice
Edited by Ethan Mintz and John T. Yun

In this collection of the best writing on teaching and teachers from the Harvard Educational Review, authors discuss the multiple demands, distractions, desires, and dilemmas that teachers face in their daily work.

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The Convergence of K–12 and Higher Education

Policies and Programs in a Changing Era
Edited by Christopher P. Loss and Patrick J. McGuinn

In The Convergence of K–12 and Higher Education, two leading scholars of education policy bring together a distinguished and varied array of contributors to systematically examine the growing convergence between the K–12 and higher education sectors in the United States. Though the two sectors have traditionally been treated as distinct and separate, the editors show that the past decade has seen an increasing emphasis on the alignment between the two. At the same time, the national focus on outcomes and accountability, originating in the K–12 sector, is exerting growing pressure on higher education, while trends toward privatization and diversification—long characteristic of the postsecondary sector—are influencing public schools.

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The Courage to Collaborate

The Case for Labor-Management Partnerships in Education
Ken Futernick

In The Courage to Collaborate, school turnaround expert Ken Futernick makes the case that collaboration between school management and teacher unions is a necessary condition for educational improvement. The author cites evidence showing that collaboration often leads to increased trust, stronger professional relationships, better policies, better implementation of programs and, ultimately, to better outcomes for students.

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The Critical Advantage

Developing Critical Thinking Skills in School
William T. Gormley, Jr.

In The Critical Advantage, noted scholar and early childhood expert William T. Gormley, Jr. takes a wide-ranging look at the important role of critical thinking in preparing students for college, careers, and civic life. 

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The Digital Classroom

How Technology Is Changing the Way We Teach and Learn
Edited by David T. Gordon

This book features more than 25 articles and essays that discuss the rewards and challenges of integrating technology into schools, as well as short editorials from technology experts, educators, and cultural critics.

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The Elusive Quest for Equality

150 Years of Chicano/Chicana Education
Edited by José F. Moreno

The Elusive Quest for Equality documents both the plight and the struggle of Chicano communities over the past 150 years, using the guiding themes of segregation, Americanization, and resistance in the history of education for Chicanos/Chicanas.

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The End of Exceptionalism in American Education

The Changing Politics of School Reform
Jeffrey R. Henig

Over the past fifty years, the “special status” of education decision-making has been eroded. Once the province of local and state school boards, decisions about schools and schooling have begun to emerge in every level and branch of government. In The End of Exceptionalism in American Education, Jeffrey R. Henig traces the roots of this tectonic shift in school governance.

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