Districts That Succeed

Districts That Succeed Breaking the Correlation Between Race, Poverty, and Achievement

Karin Chenoweth
paper, 192 Pages
Pub. Date: May 2021
ISBN-13: 978-1-68253-626-1
Price: $32.00

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cloth, 192 Pages
Pub. Date: May 2021
ISBN-13: 978-1-68253-627-8
Price: $60.00

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In Districts That Succeed, long-time education writer Karin Chenoweth turns her attention from effective schools to effective districts. Leveraging new, cutting-edge national research on district performance as well as in-depth reporting, Chenoweth profiles five districts that have successfully broken the correlation between race, poverty, and achievement.


Districts That Succeed provides valuable exemplars of school districts that have beaten the odds, raising academic achievement of children who supposedly can’t learn effectively. Karin Chenoweth provides clear descriptions of these cases and masterfully reveals what it is that district leaders must do to put their schools on track for success. — Timothy Shanahan, distinguished professor emeritus, University of Illinois at Chicago

In this timely and important book, Karin Chenoweth takes a broad look at America’s public education system and shows us how the leaders of successful school districts create and maintain the conditions in which students are most likely to thrive. Through examples that reflect the country’s diversity and its many challenges, she elicits key lessons and inspires us with a sense of what is possible. — Freeman A. Hrabowski, III, president, University of Maryland, Baltimore County

Inspirational yet practical, Karin Chenoweth’s latest book reflects lessons gleaned from the field that debunk a relationship between background and achievement. A must read, Districts That Succeed highlights an award-winning recipe for quality learning experiences that yield both academic and social/emotional success for all students. — Susan S. Bunting, secretary of education, Delaware Department of Education

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About the Author

Karin Chenoweth is the writer-in-residence at The Education Trust.

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