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Forces Behind School Change : Defining and Understanding the Call for Improvement - Tim J. Carman

Forces Behind School Change

Defining and Understanding the Call for Improvement

Paperback Published: 1st July 2008
ISBN: 9781578865857
Number Of Pages: 124

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American public schools are facing a crisis of confidence as America penetrates more deeply into the era of The No Child Left Behind Act. The statute requires the standards to rise each year until the year of perfection, 2014_when 100% of the students are required to meet annual yearly progress (AYP). There is varied discussion among credible education groups that the year of perfection is unrealistic since not all children come to school equally ready to learn. Universal standards that do not account for differences in student readiness create an uneven measure. That is where this book comes in. The Forces Behind School Change: Defining and Understanding the Call for Perfection is intended to be a resource for schools of affluence and also for schools of poverty. This classic dichotomy is at the center of the tension. Tim Carman argues that there is hope amid all the tension. The Forces Behind School Change will provide school communities with the knowledge and skills to close the achievement gap. In addition to dozens of best practice ideas that schools will need, this book also spotlights how to use the most up-to-date information on the brain to help students achieve educational excellence and provides hope, confidence, and the know-how to accomplish the seemingly impossible task of insuring that every child, no matter their background, will meet the high academic standards that are required.

Dr. Carman's extensive educational experiences and his authentic, thoughtful understanding of the critical challenges that are facing our nation's schools provide the underpinnings for this exceptional resource for educators, parents, and communities. Educational change agents can utilize this book as a tool for implementing a focused path for insuring that every child will meet high academic standards, regardless of their background. The best-practice ideas that have been proven to work, the recent information on the brain, and the confidence-building knowledge that is interwoven throughout this book will provide the skills and know-how for urgently helping to close the achievement gap in America.--Dr. Donna Brewer

Acknowledgmentsp. v
Prefacep. vii
The Hunt for Haloes and Heroesp. 1
Cohesion Consultants: The Martin Luther King Learners Gone Wrongp. 29
The Seduction of American Schoolsp. 58
Elastic Expectationsp. 69
Anxious Axioms: Reach Them to Teach Themp. 82
Education as a Moral Responsibilityp. 96
Referencesp. 117
About the Authorp. 123
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ISBN: 9781578865857
ISBN-10: 1578865859
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 124
Published: 1st July 2008
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.35 x 15.24  x 1.27
Weight (kg): 0.18