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5/21/2019 12:10:00 AM > 5/24/2019 10:28:31 PM

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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5/14/2019 12:10:00 AM > 5/24/2019 10:28:31 PM

Fulfilling the Promise

Reimagining School Counseling to Advance Student Success
Mandy Savitz-Romer

In Fulfilling the Promise, Mandy Savitz-Romer shows what is possible when schools and districts draw upon the talents of their counselors and put them at the center of students’ school experience.

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5/7/2019 12:10:00 AM > 5/24/2019 10:28:31 PM

Personalized Learning in the Middle Grades

A Guide for Classroom Teachers and School Leaders
Penny A. Bishop, John M. Downes, and Katy Farber

Personalized Learning in the Middle Grades shows how teachers in grades 5–8 can leverage the use of personalized learning plans (PLPs) to increase student agency and engagement, helping youth to establish learning goals aligned with their interests and assess their own learning—particularly around essential skills that cut across disciplines.

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4/30/2019 12:10:00 AM > 5/24/2019 10:28:31 PM

Democratic Discord in Schools

Cases and Commentaries in Educational Ethics
Edited by Meira Levinson and Jacob Fay, Foreword by Margot Stern Strom and Adam Strom

Teaching in a democracy is challenging and filled with dilemmas that have no easy answers. For example, how do educators meet their responsibilities of teaching civic norms and dispositions while remaining nonpartisan? Democratic Discord in Schools features eight normative cases of complex dilemmas drawn from real events designed to help educators practice the type of collaborative problem solving and civil discourse needed to meet these challenges of democratic education. Each of the cases also features a set of six commentaries written by a diverse array of scholars, educators, policy makers, students, and activists with a range of political views to spark reflection and conversation.

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4/23/2019 12:10:00 AM > 5/24/2019 10:28:31 PM

Diverse Families, Desirable Schools

Public Montessori in the Era of School Choice
Mira Debs

In Diverse Families, Desirable Schools, Mira Debs offers a richly detailed study of public Montessori schools, which make up the largest group of progressive schools in the public sector. As public Montessori schools expand rapidly as alternatives to traditional public schools, the story of these schools, Debs points out, is a microcosm of the broader conflicts around public school choice.

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3/26/2019 12:10:00 AM > 5/24/2019 10:28:31 PM

Outside Money in School Board Elections

The Nationalization of Education Politics
Jeffrey R. Henig, Rebecca Jacobsen, and Sarah Reckhow

Outside Money in School Board Elections documents and analyzes the injection of external funding into local elections. Local school board contests have recently become flashpoints of national donor interest. Some observers see this engagement as a needed boost for complacent school districts while others view it as a threat to local democracy.

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3/19/2019 12:10:00 AM > 5/24/2019 10:28:31 PM

Distrust and Educational Change

Overcoming Barriers to Just and Lasting Reform
Katherine Schultz

Distrust characterizes much of the current political discourse in the United States today. It shapes our feelings about teachers, schools, and policies. In Distrust and Educational Change, Katherine Schultz argues that distrust—and the failure to recognize and address it—significantly contributes to the failure of policies meant to improve educational systems. The strategies the United States has chosen to enact reform engender distrust, and in so doing, undermine the conditions that enable meaningful educational change. In situations in which distrust—rather than trust—predominates, teachers and principals are reluctant to transform their educational practice.

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3/5/2019 12:10:00 AM > 5/24/2019 10:28:31 PM

The Alliance Way

The Making of a Bully-Free School
Tina M. Owen-Moore

Award-winning educator Tina M. Owen-Moore details the beliefs and practices that made the Alliance School of Milwaukee the focus of national attention as the first school to open with the mission of being bully-free. The Alliance Way illustrates how creating a safe, inclusive, and academically challenging environment goes beyond a programming approach that targets bullying to a more holistic one in which building relationships takes center stage.

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2/26/2019 12:10:00 AM > 5/24/2019 10:28:31 PM

Education, Equity, and the States

How Variations in State Governance Make or Break Reform
Sara E. Dahill-Brown

Education, Equity, and the States examines how variations in state governance determine how federal initiatives are implemented and makes recommendations for approaching reform from this perspective. The book defines the key ways in which state policy environments differ from one another, illustrates how those differences matter, and encourages reformers to account for these disparities to achieve more sustained and equitable improvement.

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2/19/2019 12:10:00 AM > 5/24/2019 10:28:31 PM

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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