Opportunity for All

Opportunity for All A Framework for Quality and Equality in Education

Jennifer A. O’Day and Marshall S. Smith
paper, 296 Pages
Pub. Date: August 2019
ISBN-13: 978-1-68253-363-5
Price: $34.00

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cloth, 296 Pages
Pub. Date: August 2019
ISBN-13: 978-1-68253-364-2
Price: $66.00

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Drawing on decades of research, policy, and practice, Jennifer A. O’Day and Marshall S. Smith show how strategies for pursuing educational quality and equal outcomes for all students can be linked, presenting an ambitious idea of the future of American education and a comprehensive theory of change for enacting that vision.


To improve outcomes for African American, Latino, and poor students, we must build the capacity of frontline educators to address student challenges in real time as well as the school and district level systems that support them. O’Day and Smith map out practices and strategies that, if systemically implemented, will empower advocates, practitioners, and policy makers to act in tandem to drive student success. — Bob Hughes, director, K–12, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

In the context of persistent doubts that schools can matter for disadvantaged children, O’Day and Smith marshal convincing evidence that how much schools can matter is largely a function of how we invest in and support children and the adults around them. — Charles Payne, Henry Rutgers Distinguished Professor of African American Studies and director, Joseph C. Cornwall Center for Metropolitan Studies, Rutgers University–Newark

In Opportunity for All, O'Day and Smith set the agenda for the future of school improvement. — David K. Cohen, John Dewey Collegiate Professor Emeritus, School of Education, University of Michigan

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About the Authors

Jennifer O’Day is an institute fellow at the American Institutes for Research. Marshall S. Smith is a senior fellow at the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching.

Table of Contents

Chapter One

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