Rethinking Readiness

Rethinking Readiness Deeper Learning for College, Work, and Life

Edited by Rafael Heller, Rebecca E. Wolfe, and Adria Steinberg
Cloth, 320 Pages
Pub. Date: April 2017
ISBN-13: 978-1-68253-053-5
Price: 64.00

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Paper, 320 Pages
Pub. Date: April 2017
ISBN-13: 978-1-68253-052-8
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Rethinking Readiness offers a new set of competencies to replace the narrow learning goals of No Child Left Behind and, in chapters written by some of the nation’s most well-respected education scholars, explores their implications for schools. 


A provocative and insightful road map—rooted in research and wisdom of practice—about bringing deeper learning to scale across all levels of system change. Rethinking Readiness is a must-read for everyone committed to equity and excellence, reinforced by the inclusion of multiple examples of effective practice, including the identification of risks, opportunities, and examples of misapplications embedded in practice. — Ray Pecheone, professor of practice, Stanford University

Rethinking Readiness addresses what needs to be said today about high school ‘reform’ in general and reforms that reflect new ways of looking at education for vocation. The contributors cover everything, from closely observed actual classroom exchanges and lesson plans, hard data from the field at large, to important thinking about the past and future. A major contribution to our work today. — Deborah Meier, senior scholar, New York University’s Steinhardt School of Education, and MacArthur Fellowship recipient

The editors have assembled leading experts in the nation to provide a very thought-provoking work on the purposes of secondary education, access and opportunity, and suggestions for implementation of deeper learning for college and career readiness in schools. Parents, educators, and policy makers should find this compilation an excellent resource. — Terry Holliday, chair, National Professional Teaching Standards Board, and former commissioner, Kentucky Department of Education

One of the greatest strengths of the book is its emphasis on workforce readiness—over career readiness—that allows for better clarity, understanding, and focus for educators, students, and parents. — Brian C. Preble, Education Review

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About the Editors

Rafael Heller is the managing editor of Kappan and a former policy analyst at Jobs for the Future (JFF). Rebecca E. Wolfe is a senior director at JFF, where she oversees the Students at the Center initiative. Adria Steinberg is the senior advisor to JFF’s Students at the Center initiative.

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