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Reading and Literacy

HEL Focus Series No. 5
Edited by Nancy Walser

The HEL Focus Series brings together concise and carefully researched articles on current issues in education. Each collection provides educators, administrators, policymakers, and parents with a balanced look at research and practice in a specific area.

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Ready, Willing, and Able

A Developmental Approach to College Access and Success
Mandy Savitz-Romer and Suzanne M. Bouffard

How can an understanding of adolescent development inform strategies and practices for supporting first-generation college goers? In Ready, Willing, and Able, Mandy Savitz-Romer and Suzanne Bouffard focus on the developmental tasks and competencies that young people need to develop in order to plan for and succeed in higher education.

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Real Leaders, Real Schools

Stories of Success Against Enormous Odds
Gerald C. Leader, with Amy F. Stern

Real Leaders, Real Schools tells the stories of five urban public school principals who led their schools
through profound and transformative changes. In each of these cases, their efforts resulted in dramatic
improvements in student achievement—improvements that occurred within the current environment
of high-stakes tests.

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Recruiting, Retaining, and Supporting Highly Qualified Teachers

No. 3 in the Harvard Education Letter Spotlight Series
Edited by Caroline Chauncey

This volume provides a tool kit for principals and administrators seeking to improve the quality of classroom teaching in an era of increasing accountability, as well as an overview of the historical and cultural factors that shape teaching as a profession.

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Reinventing Financial Aid

Charting a New Course to College Affordability
Edited by Andrew P. Kelly and Sara Goldrick-Rab, Foreword by Martha J. Kanter

In this provocative volume, two experts with very different points of view address the growing concern that student loan programs are not a sustainable solution to the problem of mounting college costs. They argue that the time has come to reform the financial aid system so that it is more effective in promoting college affordability, access, and completion.

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Reinventing Higher Education

The Promise of Innovation
Edited by Ben Wildavsky, Andrew P. Kelly, and Kevin Carey

The inspiration for this timely book is the pressing need for fresh ideas and innovations in U.S. higher education. At the heart of the volume is the realization that higher education must evolve in fundamental ways if it is to respond to changing professional, economic, and technological circumstances, and if it is to successfully reach and prepare a vast population of students—traditional and nontraditional alike—for success in the coming decades.

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Reinvention

The Promise and Challenge of Transforming a Community College System
Cheryl L. Hyman, Foreword by Davis Jenkins

Reinvention chronicles an unprecedentedly comprehensive approach to community college reform and the leadership challenges encountered along the way. The book addresses cultural clashes over the role and purpose of community colleges and argues for an emphasis on success and access.
 

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Resourceful Leadership

Tradeoffs and Tough Decisions on the Road to School Improvement
By Elizabeth A. City, foreword by Karen Hawley Miles

In Resourceful Leadership, Elizabeth A. City examines decisions about the use of three key resources—time, money, and staff—and how tradeoffs among them are integrated into school leaders’ improvement strategies. She undertakes a detailed study of two small urban high schools in their first year of conversion from a large, comprehensive high school.

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Restoring Opportunity

The Crisis of Inequality and the Challenge for American Education
Greg J. Duncan and Richard J. Murnane

Co-published with the Russell Sage Foundation

2014 Outstanding Academic Title, Choice

In this landmark volume, Greg J. Duncan and Richard J. Murnane lay out a meticulously researched case showing how—in a time of spiraling inequality—strategically targeted interventions and supports can help schools significantly improve the life chances of low-income children.

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Rethinking Readiness

Deeper Learning for College, Work, and Life
Edited by Rafael Heller, Rebecca E. Wolfe, and Adria Steinberg

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. 

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