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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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The Role of Research in Educational Improvement

Edited by John D. Bransford, Deborah J. Stipek, Nancy J. Vye, Louis M. Gomez, and Diana Lam

In this book, leading scholars in the field examine the available research on the use of evidence in education and provide suggestions for strengthening the research-to-practice pipeline.

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The Strategic Management of Charter Schools

Frameworks and Tools for Educational Entrepreneurs
Peter Frumkin, Bruno V. Manno, and Nell Edgington, foreword by Frederick M. Hess

The Strategic Management of Charter Schools addresses the challenges facing such schools by mapping out, in straightforward and highly pragmatic terms, a management framework for them.

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The Strategic Management of Charter Schools

Frameworks and Tools for Educational Entrepreneurs
Peter Frumkin, Bruno V. Manno, and Nell Edgington, foreword by Frederick M. Hess

The Strategic Management of Charter Schools addresses the challenges facing such schools by mapping out, in straightforward and highly pragmatic terms, a management framework for them.

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The Transformation of Great American School Districts

How Big Cities Are Reshaping Public Education
Edited by William Lowe Boyd, Charles Taylor Kerchner, and Mark Blyth

In The Transformation of Great American School Districts, William Lowe Boyd, Charles Taylor Kerchner, and Mark Blyth argue that urban education reform can best be understood as a long process of institutional change, rather than as a series of failed projects. They examine the core assumptions that underlay the Progressive Era model of public education—apolitical governance, local control, professional hierarchy, and the logic of confidence—and show that recent developments in school governance have challenged virtually all of these assumptions.

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The Transformation of Great American School Districts

How Big Cities Are Reshaping Public Education
Edited by William Lowe Boyd, Charles Taylor Kerchner, and Mark Blyth

In The Transformation of Great American School Districts, William Lowe Boyd, Charles Taylor Kerchner, and Mark Blyth argue that urban education reform can best be understood as a long process of institutional change, rather than as a series of failed projects. They examine the core assumptions that underlay the Progressive Era model of public education—apolitical governance, local control, professional hierarchy, and the logic of confidence—and show that recent developments in school governance have challenged virtually all of these assumptions.

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The Universally Designed Classroom

Accessible Curriculum and Digital Technologies
Edited by David H. Rose, Anne Meyer, and Chuck Hitchcock

This book addresses crucial questions about how to create full access to the general education curriculum for children with disabilities.

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The Universally Designed Classroom

Accessible Curriculum and Digital Technologies
Edited by David H. Rose, Anne Meyer, and Chuck Hitchcock

This book addresses crucial questions about how to create full access to the general education curriculum for children with disabilities.

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Those Kids, Our Schools

Race and Reform in an American High School
Shayla Reese Griffin, Foreword by William Jelani Cobb

In Those Kids, Our Schools, Shayla Reese Griffin examines patterns of racial interaction in a large, integrated high school and makes a powerful case for the frank conversations that educators could and should be having about race in schools.
 
Over three years, Griffin observed students, teachers, and administrators in a “post-racial” exurban high school in the Midwest. In its hallways, classrooms, lunchrooms, and staff meetings, she uncovered the disturbing ways in which racial tensions and prejudices persist and are reinforced. Students engaged in patterns of behavior that underscored racial hierarchies. Teachers—no matter how intellectually committed to equity and diversity—often lacked the skills, resources, or authority to address racial issues, while administrators failed to acknowledge racial tensions or recognize how school practices and policies perpetuated racial inequality.
 
This astute and thoughtful book offers a revealing glimpse into the world of young people struggling with the legacy of racism. More important, it highlights the disservice being done to all students in our schools when educators fail to critically interrogate issues of race. Griffin’s perceptive analysis illuminates the persistent influence of race in our education system and shows how—with appropriate support—teachers and students can develop the capacity to address racial issues and dynamics in schools in a frank and constructive way.

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Tilting at Windmills

School Reform, San Diego, and America’s Race to Renew Public Education
Richard Lee Colvin

A book that draws equally on Richard Lee Colvin’s deep acquaintance with contemporary education reform and the unique circumstances of the San Diego experience, Tilting at Windmills is a penetrating and invaluable account of Alan Bersin’s contentious superintendency.

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Tilting at Windmills

School Reform, San Diego, and America’s Race to Renew Public Education
Richard Lee Colvin

A book that draws equally on Richard Lee Colvin’s deep acquaintance with contemporary education reform and the unique circumstances of the San Diego experience, Tilting at Windmills is a penetrating and invaluable account of Alan Bersin’s contentious superintendency.

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Toward Excellence with Equity

An Emerging Vision for Closing the Achievement Gap
Ronald F. Ferguson

For the past 15 years, economist Ronald Ferguson has investigated the myriad factors that combine to create racial disparities in academic performance. This volume brings together Ferguson’s most important papers and most recent thinking on these issues. In language accessible and useful to education practitioners, Ferguson sets forth a wide-ranging and compelling vision for closing the achievement gap.

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Toward Excellence with Equity

An Emerging Vision for Closing the Achievement Gap
Ronald F. Ferguson

For the past 15 years, economist Ronald Ferguson has investigated the myriad factors that combine to create racial disparities in academic performance. This volume brings together Ferguson’s most important papers and most recent thinking on these issues. In language accessible and useful to education practitioners, Ferguson sets forth a wide-ranging and compelling vision for closing the achievement gap.

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Transformative Teachers

Teacher Leadership and Learning in a Connected World
Kira J. Baker-Doyle, Foreword by Katherine Schultz

Transformative Teachers offers an insightful look at the growing movement of civic-minded educators who are using twenty-first-century participatory practices and connected technologies to organize change from the ground up. Kira J. Baker-Doyle highlights the collaborative, grassroots tactics that activist teachers are implementing to transform their profession and pursue greater social justice and equity in education.

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Transforming Public Education

Cases in Education Entrepreneurship, Instructor's Guide
Stacey M. Childress

This instructor's guide is intended for use with Transforming Public Education: Cases in Education Entrepreneurship. This volume includes a teaching note for each case in the student edition; the note provides basic guidance in how to initiate and organize the flow of the case discussion as well as how the case links to others before and after it.

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