Against the Odds

Against the Odds Insights from One District's Small School Reform

Larry Cuban, Gary Lichtenstein, Arthur Evenchik, Martin Tombari, and Kristen Pozzoboni
cloth, 184 Pages
Pub. Date: January 2010
ISBN-13: 978-1-934742-47-1
Price: $49.95

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paper, 184 Pages
Pub. Date: January 2010
ISBN-13: 978-1-934742-46-4
Price: $24.95

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Against the Odds offers an in-depth look at the Mapleton, Colorado, school district’s transformation of two traditional high schools into seven small schools, each enrolling fewer than four hundred students.


This is my kind of book. Instead of sifting the stats and talking to experts about general trends, the authors have gone deep into one school district and told an exciting story. — Jay Mathews, education columnist, Washington Post

An incredible account that I wish I had read thirty-five years ago. — Deborah Meier, author, The Power of Their Ideas: Lessons for America from a Small School in Harlem

Cuban and team get away from the old small versus big debate and into the real transformation puzzles. It’s all there—struggle, resistance, leadership issues, the muscle foundations, parents, and community engagement. Against the Odds is a great resource for the small schools movement. — Mike Klonsky, director, The Small Schools Workshop

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About the Authors

Larry Cuban is Professor Emeritus of Education at Stanford University.

Gary Lichtenstein heads Quality Evaluation Designs, a firm specializing in education evaluation and research.

Arthur Evenchik is the assistant to the dean for special projects in the College of Arts and Sciences at Case Western Reserve University.

Martin Tombari is a senior research analyst at Colorado Foundation for Families and Children.

Kristen Pozzoboni is a doctoral student at the University of Colorado.

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