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Commitment and Common Sense

Leading Education Reform in Massachusetts
David P. Driscoll

Commitment and Common Sense tells the inside story of how Massachusetts became a national model for education. Twelve years after the passage of the state’s comprehensive education reform law in 1993, Bay State student scores rose to the top of “the nation’s report card” (the National Assessment of Educational Progress) in fourth- and eighth-grade reading and math—and have stayed there ever since.

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Common-Sense Evidence

The Education Leader’s Guide to Using Data and Research
Nora Gordon and Carrie Conaway

Written by two leading experts in education research and policy, Common-Sense Evidence is a concise, accessible guide that helps education leaders find and interpret data and research, and then put that knowledge into action.

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Community Organizing for Stronger Schools

Strategies and Successes
By Kavitha Mediratta, Seema Shah, and Sara McAlister

Drawing on a six-year national study, Community Organizing for Stronger Schools offers a richly textured analysis of community organizing for school reform. The authors examine the role of organizing in building social and political capital and improving educational outcomes for students in some of the nation’s most challenged school districts.

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Compete or Close

Traditional Neighborhood Schools Under Pressure
Julia A. McWilliams, Foreword by Maia Cucchiara

In districts from Chicago to New York to Washington, DC, neighborhood public schools are being forced to compete with charter schools for students and resources, often under the threat of school closure. In Compete or Close, Julia A. McWilliams provides a compelling ethnographic study of one such school, a neighborhood high school in Philadelphia—a district where rising privatization and chronic underfunding cast these common tensions into sharp relief. The book poses two questions: What strategies do schools deploy to minimize market risk and signal their value to stakeholders—district administrators, funders, parents, and students? And how do these strategies conflict with the schools’ mission to serve all children?

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Competency-Based Education

A New Architecture for K-12 Schooling
Rose L. Colby

Competency-Based Education introduces educators to a new model for anytime, anywhere schooling and provides tools and curriculum resources for redesigning the traditional structures of K–12 schools.

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Consejos: The Undergraduate Experiences of Latina/o Students

A Special Issue of the Harvard Educational Review

This Special Issue of the Harvard Educational Review considers the needs, interests, and experiences of Latina/o students currently enrolled in U.S. colleges and universities.

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Creating a Data-Informed Culture in Community Colleges

A New Model for Educators
Brad C. Phillips and Jordan E. Horowitz

Brad C. Phillips and Jordan E. Horowitz offer a research-based model and actionable approach for using data strategically at community colleges to increase completion rates as well as other metrics linked to student success. They draw from the fields of psychology, neuroscience, and behavioral economics to show how leaders and administrators can build good habits for engaging with data constructively.

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Creating Entrepreneurial Community Colleges

A Design Thinking Approach
Carrie B. Kisker

In this book, Carrie B. Kisker illustrates how community colleges can utilize design thinking to identify and evaluate entrepreneurial opportunities, and experiment with the internal changes necessary to optimize outcomes for stakeholders. Kisker outlines a process whereby college leaders can empower faculty and staff to think creatively about how to reduce their institution’s dependence on state allocations in ways that not only are consistent with the college’s mission and values, but also provide the greatest likelihood for institutional and student success.

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Creating Inclusive Learning Opportunities in Higher Education

A Universal Design Toolkit
Sheryl E. Burgstahler, Foreword by Ana Mari Cauce

In Creating Inclusive Learning Opportunities in Higher Education, Sheryl Burgstahler provides a practical, step-by-step guide for putting the principles of universal design into action. The book offers multiple ways to access, engage with, and transform the higher education environment: making physical spaces welcoming to students of all abilities; creating digital learning and assistive technology programs that meet the needs of all users; developing universal design in higher education (UDHE) syllabi, assessments and teaching practices that minimize the need for academic accommodations; and institutionalizing universal design supports and services.

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Creating Research-Practice Partnerships in Education

William R. Penuel and Daniel J. Gallagher, Foreword by John Q. Easton

Creating Research-Practice Partnerships in Education is an invaluable resource for educators and researchers seeking to develop long-term collaborations in which educators and researchers work together to study and solve pressing problems of practice. Drawing on a wide range of examples, the authors describe the purposes for which partnerships may be organized, the forms that these endeavors may take, challenges that they typically face, and strategies for overcoming those challenges. The book includes tools and routines for working together as well as strategies for ensuring equity of participation on both sides.

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