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The Leading Edge of Early Childhood Education

Linking Science to Policy for a New Generation
Edited by Nonie K. Lesaux and Stephanie M. Jones, Afterword by Jacqueline Jones

The Leading Edge of Early Childhood Education aims to support the effort to simultaneously scale up and improve the quality of early childhood education by bringing together relevant insights from emerging research to provide guidance for this critical, fledgling field. It reflects the growing recognition that early childhood experiences have a powerful effect on children’s later academic achievement and long-term life outcomes.

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The Most Reasonable Answer

Helping Students Build Better Arguments Together
Alina Reznitskaya and Ian A. G. Wilkinson, Foreword by Catherine E. Snow

The Most Reasonable Answer is an innovative and comprehensive guide to engaging students in inquiry dialogue—a type of talk used in text-based classroom discussions. During inquiry dialogue, students collectively search for the most reasonable answers to big, controversial questions, and, as a result, enhance their argumentation skills and develop a deep understanding of the texts they read. Based on years of research and work in nearly fifty classrooms, this book is an essential resource for educators looking for new ways to teach critical thinking and engage students in high-quality discourse. 

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The New Education Philanthropy

Politics, Policy, and Reform
Edited by Frederick M. Hess and Jeffrey R. Henig

Philanthropic foundations play an increasingly influential role in education research, policy, and practice—yet this sector has been subject to little research-informed analysis. In The New Education Philanthropy, Frederick M. Hess and Jeffrey R. Henig convene a diverse group of scholars and analysts to examine the shifting role of education philanthropy over the last decade, giving particular attention to the large national foundations—Gates, Broad, Walton, and Lumina, among others—that are increasingly aggressive and strategic in their use of funds. Drawing on original research, they investigate and assess the impact of new patterns in foundation giving for advocacy and research; the divergence in funding strategies between old and new foundations; the extension of “venture philanthropy” to higher education; and the backlash against “reform” philanthropy as well as the unlikely partnerships it forges.

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The Opportunity Gap

Achievement and Inequality in Education
Edited by Carol DeShano da Silva, James Philip Huguley, Zenub Kakli, and Radhika Rao

The Opportunity Gap aims to shift attention from the current overwhelming emphasis on schools in discussions of the achievement gap to more fundamental questions about social and educational opportunity.

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The Power of Culture

Teaching Across Language Difference
Edited by Zeynep F. Beykont

The Power of Culture: Teaching Across Language Difference examines the pedagogical and political supports necessary to give language minority students a high-quality education in mainstream classrooms.

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The Power of Culture

Teaching Across Language Difference
Edited by Zeynep F. Beykont

The Power of Culture: Teaching Across Language Difference examines the pedagogical and political supports necessary to give language minority students a high-quality education in mainstream classrooms.

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The Quest for Mastery

Positive Youth Development Through Out-of-School Programs
Sam M. Intrator and Don Siegel

In The Quest for Mastery, Sam M. Intrator and Don Siegel investigate an emerging trend: the growth of out-of-school programs dedicated to helping underserved youth develop the personal qualities and capacities that will help them succeed in school, college, and beyond.

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The Redesign of Urban School Systems

Case Studies in District Governance
Edited by Donald R. McAdams and Dan Katzir

If you are interested in receiving the instructor's guide, contact hepg@harvard.edu.

The Redesign of Urban School Systems provides a uniquely valuable resource for anyone involved in preparing education leaders for the political and practical realities of district-based school reform.

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The Redesign of Urban School Systems

Case Studies in District Governance, Instructor's Guide
Donald R. McAdams and Dan Katzir

This instructor's guide is inteded for use with The Redesign of Urban School Systems: Case Studies in District Governance. The instructor's guide, a synthesis of the editors' personal files of teaching the cases, provides a starting point for a variety of creative and evolving approaches to teaching the cases.

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The Resegregation of Suburban Schools

A Hidden Crisis in American Education
Edited by Erica Frankenberg and Gary Orfield

“The United States today is a suburban nation that thinks of race as an urban issue, and often assumes that it has been largely solved,” write the editors of this groundbreaking and passionately argued book. They show that the locus of racial and ethnic transformation is now clearly suburban and illustrate patterns of demographic change in the suburbs with a series of rich case studies.

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The Rising Price of Objectivity

Philanthropy, Government, and the Future of Education Research
Michael J. Feuer, Foreword by Ellen Condliffe Lagemann

In The Rising Price of Objectivity, Michael J. Feuer describes what he sees as a “perfect storm” gathering in the sea of education research. He notes the convergence of three important trends: first, the rise in strategic education philanthropy; second, the decline in federal funding, in part due to ideologically contested priorities; and third, the growing influence of nonacademic think tanks operating outside the constraints of university-based research. Together, he cautions, the combination of these forces threatens scientific research generally, and in particular, jeopardizes the effort to generate independent, credible evidence that is needed to inform and guide our efforts to improve education. 

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