Bringing School Reform to Scale

Bringing School Reform to Scale Five Award-Winning Urban Districts

Heather Zavadsky, foreword by Thomas Payzant
cloth, 360 Pages
Pub. Date: December 2009
ISBN-13: 978-1934742-41-9
Price: $54.95

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paper, 360 Pages
Pub. Date: December 2009
ISBN-13: 978-1-934742-40-2
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Bringing School Reform to Scale looks in detail at five school districts that have been honored in recent years by The Broad Foundation, whose annual award is granted “each year to the urban school districts that demonstrate the greatest overall performance and improvement in student achievement while reducing achievement gaps among poor and minority students.”


This book offers an unusually detailed look inside some of our best run school districts. Heather Zavadsky offers honest assessments, highlighting not only the inspiring successes, but also the many daunting challenges that remain. Very enlightening! — Ronald F. Ferguson, faculty cochair and director of the Achievement Gap Initiative, Harvard University

Bringing School Reform to Scale highlights the practices in five districts that won the prestigious Broad Prize—and shows how important fundamentals of good practices (including rigorous standards, aligned curriculum, and smart investments in human capital) can lead to great schools and successful districts. — Mark Schneider, vice president, American Institutes for Research; former commissioner of the National Center for Education Statistics

The media are good at spotlighting random school successes, education reforms that subsequently seem to evaporate. Why is it so difficult to sustain and spread productive change from school system to school system? The answers to these questions are crucial, and Bringing School Reform to Scale is a powerful contribution to an accumulation of knowledge regarding these issues. — James W. Guthrie, Patricia and Rodes Hart Professor of Educational Leadership and Policy, Vanderbilt University

The analysis of the five high-performing districts points to practices, beliefs, systems, and structures that have led to dramatic turnarounds. The compilation of this work provides a road map toward scalable reform. — William R. Hite, superintendent, Prince George’s County Public Schools, Maryland

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About the Author

Heather ZavadskyHeather Zavadsky is the director of research and implementation at the Texas High School Project and the author of School Turnarounds: The Essential Role of Districts (Harvard Education Press, 2012).

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