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Urban School Reform

Lessons from San Diego
Edited by Frederick M. Hess

An indispensable book for administrators, policymakers, scholars, and practitioners, Urban School Reform presents a revealing portrait of reform efforts while identifying the full range of issues that education reformers will need to address in districts across the country in the years ahead.


Value-Added Measures in Education

What Every Educator Needs to Know
Douglas N. Harris, foreword by Randi Weingarten

In Value-Added Measures in Education, economist and education researcher Douglas N. Harris takes on one of the most hotly debated topics in education. Drawing on his extensive work with schools and districts, he sets out to help educators and policy makers understand this innovative approach to assessment.


Violence Prevention and Conflict Resolution

HEL Focus Series No. 6
From the Editors of the Harvard Education Letter

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 of interes


Visual Thinking Strategies

Using Art to Deepen Learning Across School Disciplines
Philip Yenawine

2014 Outstanding Academic Title, Choice

“What’s going on in this picture?”

With this one question and a carefully chosen work of art, teachers can start their students down a path toward deeper learning and other skills now encouraged by the Common Core State Standards. The Visual Thinking Strategies (VTS) teaching method has been successfully implemented in schools, districts, and cultural institutions nationwide, including bilingual schools in California, West Orange Public Schools in New Jersey, and the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art.


Visual Thinking Strategies for Preschool

Using Art to Enhance Literacy and Social Skills
Philip Yenawine

Visual Thinking Strategies for Preschool shows how teachers can add visual thinking strategies (VTS) to their existing curriculum to encourage language, critical thinking, and social skills for children ages three to five. In this sequel to his popular book, Visual Thinking Strategies, author Philip Yenawine describes using art and other visual experiences to create engaging and powerful learner-centered environments for young children just beginning their formal school experience.


Vocational Education and Training for a Global Economy

Lessons from Four Countries
Edited by Marc S. Tucker, Foreword by Robert B. Schwartz and Nancy Hoffman

Vocational Education and Training for a Global Economy investigates the greatly varying ways in which four countries—Singapore, Switzerland, China, and the United States—prepare young people for the twenty-first-century workplace. The book looks first at the highly successful vocational education and training (VET) systems in Singapore and Switzerland, describing them in revealing detail and accounting for the assumptions and social arrangements that account for their unique features. It then turns to the two largest—and arguably the most dynamic—nations in the world, China and the United States, and examines the differing conditions, goals, and arrangements that have affected their respective programs for preparing their citizens for present and future work.


What Excellent Community Colleges Do

Preparing All Students for Success
Joshua S. Wyner, Foreword by Anthony P. Carnevale

In What Excellent Community Colleges Do, Joshua S. Wyner draws on the insights and evidence gained in administering the inaugural Aspen Prize for Community College Excellence.


What Next?

Educational Innovation and Philadelphia’s School of the Future
Edited by Mary Cullinane and Frederick M. Hess

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.


When Research Matters

How Scholarship Influences Education Policy
Edited by Frederick M. Hess, foreword by Lorraine M. McDonnell

When Research Matters considers the complex and crucially important relationship between education research and policy.


When School Policies Backfire

How Well-Intended Measures Can Harm Our Most Vulnerable Students
Edited by Michael A. Gottfried and Gilberto Q. Conchas

Like medical practitioners, educators share the moral obligation to “first, do no harm.” But as this provocative volume shows, education policies do not always live up to this ideal, especially policies intended to help our most vulnerable students. When School Policies Backfire draws our attention to education policies designed to help disadvantaged students that instead had the perverse effect of harming them by exacerbating the very problems they were intended to solve.