The Way We Do School

The Way We Do School The Making of Oakland’s Full-Service Community School District

Milbrey McLaughlin, Kendra Fehrer, and Jacob Leos-Urbel
paper, 272 Pages
Pub. Date: May 2020
ISBN-13: 978-1-68253-484-7
Price: $34.00

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cloth, 272 Pages
Pub. Date: May 2020
ISBN-13: 978-1-68253-485-4
Price: $66.00

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The Way We Do School: The Making of Oakland’s Full-Service Community School District offers an in-depth profile of the nation’s most ambitious community school initiative. The book focuses on a nearly ten-year effort to transform all eighty-six district schools in Oakland, California into community schools in order to better meet the academic and personal needs of all students.

Praise

The Way We Do School offers a hopeful story about education reform—one in which leadership and vision meet need and opportunity. The authors carefully document how the Oakland Unified School District effected true systemic change through the full-service community schools strategy and, in the process, provide a detailed blueprint for other cities and districts. — Jane Quinn, former director, Children's Aid National Center for Community Schools

A rare look into a sustained 10-year districtwide reform, The Way We Do School is a rich and practical story of collective problem solving. As the community schools movement gains momentum across the country, Oakland's experience implementing a whole-child approach to education is both instructive and timely. — Karen Hunter Quartz, director, UCLA Center for Community Schooling

This insightful book offers guidance to leaders and advocates who see community schools as vital to helping students learn and thrive and for sustaining the role of community in our public schools. — Martin Blank, founding director, Coalition for Community Schools, former president, Institute for Educational Leadership

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About the Authors

Milbrey McLaughlin is the David Jacks Professor Emerita of Education and Public Policy at Stanford University and the founding director of the John W. Gardner Center for Youth and Their Communities. Kendra Fehrer is senior research associate at the John W. Gardner Center for Youth and their Communities at Stanford. Jacob Leos-Urbel is a senior analyst at Tipping Point Community.


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