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Education Policy

A Nation Reformed?

American Education Twenty Years after A Nation at Risk
Edited by David T. Gordon with a foreword by Patricia Albjerg Graham

A Nation Reformed? takes stock of twenty years of school reform. Was the nation really ever "at risk" and, if so, is it still? Which reforms have made a difference and which haven't? And where do we go from here?

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A Single Garment

Creating Intentionally Diverse Schools That Benefit All Children
Genevieve Siegel-Hawley

In A Single Garment, Genevieve Siegel-Hawley explores the leadership, policies, and practices that support contemporary school integration. Drawing on a wide range of sources, as well as her own experience as a parent, former student, and teacher, Siegel‐Hawley provides a richly layered account of four Richmond, Virginia schools, each committed to building successful, diverse communities as a foundation for a just, democratic society.
Available January 2020

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Absent from School

Understanding and Addressing Student Absenteeism
Edited by Michael A. Gottfried and Ethan L. Hutt

In Absent from School, Gottfried and Hutt offer a comprehensive and timely resource for educators and policy makers seeking to understand the scope, impact, and causes of chronic student absenteeism. The editors present a series of studies by leading researchers from a variety of disciplines that address which students are missing school and why, what roles schools themselves play in contributing to or offsetting patterns of absenteeism, and ways to assess student attendance for purposes of school accountability. The contributors examine school-based initiatives that focus on a range of issues, including transportation, student health, discipline policies, and protections for immigrant students, as well as interventions intended to improve student attendance.

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Assessing NCLB

Perspectives and Prescriptions
Edited by Sara Schwartz Chrismer, Shannon T. Hodge, and Debby Saintil

The Harvard Educational Review Special Issue on No Child Left Behind brings together diverse perspectives on and analyses of NCLB that can inform reauthorization discussions.

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Broader, Bolder, Better

How Schools and Communities Help Students Overcome the Disadvantages of Poverty
Elaine Weiss and Paul Reville

In Broader, Bolder, Better, authors Elaine Weiss, of the Broader, Bolder Approach to Education campaign, and Paul Reville, former Massachusetts secretary of education, make a compelling case for a fundamental change in the way we view education. The authors argue for a large-scale expansion of community-school partnerships in order to provide holistic, integrated student supports (ISS) from cradle to career, including traditional wraparound services like health, mental health, nutrition, and family supports, as well as expanded access to opportunities such as early childhood education, afterschool activities, and summer enrichment programs.
 

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Bush-Obama School Reform

Lessons Learned
Edited by Frederick M. Hess and Michael Q. McShane

Frederick M. Hess and Michael Q. McShane have gathered a diverse group of scholars to examine the shifting federal role in education across the presidential administrations of George W. Bush and Barack Obama. While the administrations were vastly different, one thing remained constant: an ongoing and significant expansion of the federal role in education. Moreover, many of the key principles underlying federal reform remained consistent: an emphasis on standards- and test-based accountability; teacher quality as measured by test scores; school choice; and the importance of research in evaluating improvement initiatives.

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Career Pathways for All Youth

Lessons from the School-to-Work Movement
Stephen F. Hamilton

Career pathways (CP) has gained prominence as a strategy to ensure that high school students and displaced workers acquire the college and career readiness skills needed in a fast-changing, globalized economy. In an effort to ensure future success for CP, Stephen F. Hamilton examines the School-to-Work (STW) movement of the 1980s and 1990s and explores how the lessons learned from that campaign’s demise can pave the way for a CP program that endures and serves the most deserving.
Available February 2020

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Career Pathways in Action

Case Studies from the Field
Edited by Robert B. Schwartz and Amy Loyd, Foreword by Robert B. Schwartz and Nancy Hoffman

Career Pathways in Action, a companion to Learning for Careers by Nancy Hoffman and Robert B. Schwartz, offers a detailed, on-the-ground exploration of the Pathways to Prosperity Network’s efforts at state, regional, and local levels. This new book describes a strikingly wide range of systems and efforts that the Pathways Network has helped establish in recent years, and provides a clear and detailed sense of promising ways forward.

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Carrots, Sticks, and the Bully Pulpit

Lessons from a Half-Century of Federal Efforts to Improve America’s Schools
Edited by Frederick M. Hess and Andrew P. Kelly

This timely book brings together a remarkable group of authors who examine the federal role in education policy and reform during the past fifty years.

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Education and the Obama Presidency

A Special Issue of the Harvard Educational Review

This special issue of the Harvard Educational Review considers the challenges and opportunities facing President Barack Obama in his efforts to reform educational policy and practice in the United States.

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