How It's Being Done

How It's Being Done Urgent Lessons from Unexpected Schools

Karin Chenoweth, foreword by Pedro Noguera
Pub. Date: September 2009
ISBN-13: 978-1-61250-015-7
paper, 232 Pages
Pub. Date: September 2009
ISBN-13: 978-1-934742-28-0
Price: $30.00

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How It’s Being Done offers much-needed help to educators, providing detailed accounts of the ways in which unexpected schools—those with high-poverty and high-minority student populations—have dramatically boosted student achievement.


The schools in How It’s Being Done exhibit the same hopeful pattern for successful schooling: teachers and leaders who formulate—and then actually teach to—clear, essential standards; who shun worksheets and movies and who work together to ensure that all students are taught effectively every day, regardless of who their teacher is. This (all too rare) combination cannot fail. — Mike Schmoker, author of Results NOW: How We Can Achieve Unprecedented Improvements in Teaching and Learning

This encouraging and important book is, above all, a good read. Karin Chenoweth is a thoughtful observer, a keen analyst, and a good storyteller. — John Merrow, education correspondent, The NewsHour with Jim Lehrer, and president, Learning Matters

How It’s Being Done is a must-read for teachers and administrators who are currently struggling to help disadvantaged and at-risk students. There are invaluable lessons and practical strategies for all educators. I believe that all teachers will take away suggestions that will help them become better teachers. — Paul F. Cain, mathematics and physics teacher, Ysleta High School, El Paso, Texas, and 2008 Texas Teacher of the Year

I am recommending How It's Being Done to my colleagues. It is an outstanding book that provides a clear picture of what educators must do if they really want to close the achievement gap. — Paul B. Ash, Superintendent of Schools, Lexington, Massachusetts

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About the Author

Karin Chenoweth, a long-time education writer, currently writes for The Education Trust, a national education advocacy organization. She is the author of It’s Being Done: Academic Success in Unexpected Schools (Harvard Education Press, 2007). Before joining Ed Trust, she wrote a weekly column on schools and education for The Washington Post and was also senior writer and executive editor for Black Issues In Higher Education (now Diverse). As a freelance writer, she wrote for such publications as Education Week, American Teacher, American Educator, School Library Journal, and The Washington Post Magazine. In addition, she was an active parent volunteer throughout her children’s public schooling in Montgomery County, Maryland.