What Next?

What Next? Educational Innovation and Philadelphia’s School of the Future

Edited by Mary Cullinane and Frederick M. Hess
cloth, 256 Pages
Pub. Date: February 2010
ISBN-13: 978-1-934742-45-7
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paper, 256 Pages
Pub. Date: February 2010
ISBN-13: 978-1-934742-44-0
Price: $29.95

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What Next? offers a detailed study of the School of the Future's first three years (2006–2009) revealing what the School of the Future can teach us about high school redesign, public-private partnerships, and the use of technology in school reform.


This volume thoroughly documents the evolution of an important model for educational improvement. Beyond insights about school design in an era of sophisticated technology, it delineates a process for developing and refining innovations. Its ideas will prove useful for teachers, administrators, parents, school board members, the business sector, and policy makers. — Christopher Dede, Timothy E. Wirth Professor in Learning Technologies, Harvard Graduate School of Education

I have little doubt that innovations—technological and otherwise—will transform schools and education in coming years. This volume provides important insights into the challenges of provoking such change at an accelerated pace. — Mitchell D. Chester, Massachusetts Commissioner of Elementary and Secondary Education

A well-reasoned analysis of a dramatic reform effort. Sober, yet optimistic, and above all realistic, it shows that school reform is not for dreamers with silver bullets—or for the faint of heart. — Jane Hannaway, director, CALDER/Education Policy Center, The Urban Institute

Cullinane and Hess have assembled a strong and balanced group of analysts who chronicle a highly innovative attempt at high school reform. School leaders should find this book illuminating as they think through what it takes to foster changes in the core technology and instructional norms of schools. This book will be a mustread for the policy and reform communities, who often imagine technology as a transformative force in school improvement. — Kent C. McGuire, dean, College of Education, Temple University

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About the Editors

Mary Cullinane is U.S. director of innovation and business development for the Microsoft Education Group.

Frederick M. Hess is director of educational policy studies at the American Enterprise Institute. He has edited and authored numerous books, including Educational Entrepreneurship and The Future of Educational Entrepreneurship, both with Harvard Education Press.