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School Reform, General

The Essential School Board Book

Better Governance in the Age of Accountability
Nancy Walser, foreword by Richard F. Elmore

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2009 Notable Education Book, American School Board Journal

The Essential School Board Book
highlights effective practices that are common to high-functioning boards around the country—boards that are working successfully with their superintendents and communities to improve teaching and learning.


The Flight of a Butterfly or the Path of a Bullet?

Using Technology to Transform Teaching and Learning
Larry Cuban

In this book, Larry Cuban looks at the uses and effects of digital technologies in K–12 classrooms, exploring if and how technology has transformed teaching and learning. In particular, he examines forty-one classrooms across six districts in Silicon Valley that have devoted special attention and resources to integrating digital technologies into their education practices.


The Futures of School Reform

Edited by Jal Mehta, Robert B. Schwartz, and Frederick M. Hess

The Futures of School Reform represents the culminating work of a three-year discussion among national education leaders convened by the Harvard Graduate School of Education.


Tilting at Windmills

School Reform, San Diego, and America’s Race to Renew Public Education
Richard Lee Colvin

A book that draws equally on Richard Lee Colvin’s deep acquaintance with contemporary education reform and the unique circumstances of the San Diego experience, Tilting at Windmills is a penetrating and invaluable account of Alan Bersin’s contentious superintendency.


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.


Where Teachers Thrive

Organizing Schools for Success
Susan Moore Johnson

2020 PROSE Award Winner, Education Theory Category
2019 Outstanding Academic Title, Choice

In Where Teachers Thrive, Susan Moore Johnson outlines a powerful argument about the importance of the school as an organization in nurturing high‐quality teaching. Based on case studies conducted in fourteen high-poverty, urban schools, the book examines why some schools failed to make progress, while others achieved remarkable results. It explores the challenges that administrators and teachers faced and describes what worked, what didn’t work, and why.


Why Knowledge Matters

Rescuing Our Children from Failed Educational Theories
E. D. Hirsch, Jr.

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In Why Knowledge Matters, E. D. Hirsch, Jr., presents evidence from cognitive science, sociology, and education history to further the argument for a knowledge-based elementary curriculum.