Schools That Succeed

Schools That Succeed How Educators Marshal the Power of Systems for Improvement

Karin Chenoweth
Paper, 240 Pages
Pub. Date: March 2017
ISBN-13: 978-1-68253-027-6
Price: $32.00

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Pub. Date: March 2017
ISBN-13: 978-1-68253-029-0

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Informed by years of research and on-the-ground reporting, Schools That Succeed is Karin Chenoweth’s most inspiring and compelling book yet—an essential read for educators who seek to break the stubborn connection between academic achievement and socioeconomic status. 


For those concerned with educational inequality, perhaps no question is more important right now than understanding why some schools and districts do much better with vulnerable students than others. This book confirms Karin Chenoweth’s place at the front of that conversation. People who are still not convinced that schools can change lives need to read this book. — Charles M. Payne, author, So Much Reform, So Little Change

In Schools That Succeed, Chenoweth focuses on the structure of schools that connect people, systems, and processes for the purpose of addressing the needs of students, especially those from minority groups and low-income and working families. Educators will find this work enlightening and inspiring. — Freeman A. Hrabowski, III, president, University of Maryland, Baltimore County

More focus, hard work, and intervention programs are not enough to transform a good school into a great school. In Schools That Succeed, Karin Chenoweth describes the qualities of very high performing schools in some of the most unlikely places in the United States. Chenoweth reveals that great schools marshal their collective capacity by building well-designed, sustainable programs that work together as a system. — Paul B. Ash, educational consultant, author, and former superintendent of schools in Lexington, Massachusetts

This book provides practitioners and policy makers with inspiration to explore their own systems, policies and practices in pursuit of alignment with core beliefs and the work of the school. — Paul M. Newton, Teachers College Record

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Karin Chenoweth is author of It’s Being Done: Academic Success in Unexpected Schools (2007), HOW It’s Being Done: Urgent Lessons from Unexpected Schools (2009), and co-author of Getting It Done: Leading Academic Success in Unexpected Schools (2011), all published by Harvard Education Press. A longtime education writer, she has written for a wide range of publications, including the Huffington Post, the Washington Post, Education Week, Black Issues In Higher Education (now Diverse), Kappan, and Educational Leadership. Since 2004, she has been writer-in-residence at The Education Trust.

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Author Interview: EdCast

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