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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 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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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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