Larry Cuban, professor of education, Stanford University
Why are some schools more successful than others? This new book presents the findings of a five–year, federally funded study that examined the connection between school restructuring and student achievement. Using a wealth of examples, the authors provide a vivid picture of the conditions under which innovations in a school′s organization contribute to student achievement extending learning beyond rote memorization of isolated facts to thinking, disciplined understanding, and complex communication. Standards for achieving student intellectual quality are recommAnded, and evidence is provided that teaching consistent with these standards greatly contributes to student achievement. The results and recommAndations offer teachers, administrators, and policymakers an important mid–course correction in the process of school restructuring.
Standards for Authentic Achievement and Pedagogy (G. Wehlage, et al.).
Does Authentic Pedagogy Increase Student Achievement? (H. Marks, et al.).
PORTRAITS OF RESTRUCTURING SCHOOLS.
Careen and Lamar Elementary Schools (K. Doane).
4. Red Lake and Okanagon Middle Schools (K. Doane).
Cibola and Island High Schools (K. Doane).
FOUNDATIONS FOR SUCCESSFUL RESTRUCTURING.
Intellectual Quality (F. Newmann, et al.).
Schoolwide Professional Community (K. Louis, et al.).
THE INTERPLAY OF SCHOOL CULTURE AND STRUCTURE.
Support for Student Achievement (H. Marks, et al.).
Pathways to Equity (W. Secada, et al.).
Participatory Decision Making (M. King, et al.).
Support from External Agencies (G. Wehlage, et al.).
Conclusion: Restructuring for Authentic Student Achievement (F. Newmann & G. Wehlage).
?Fred Newmann, unlike most researchers, pays attention to the critical linkage between reorganizing schools and what happens in classrooms. In these research–based portraits of schools and classrooms, reform–minded policymakers and practitioners will find compelling evidence to never forget the connection between teaching, learning, and restructuring.? ––Larry Cuban, professor of education, Stanford University
?Rare is the educational text that takes theory as seriously as practice, that produces as much good news as sobering analyses, that tests for excellence and equity in the same setting. Newmann and Associates demonstrate unequivocally the powerful relation of good teaching to serious learning. This book is a gift to educators, a treat for policymakers, and a treasure for those of us who are starved for images of good educational practice. ––Michelle Fine, professor of psychology, City University of New York, Graduate Center
?Administrators, teachers, and parents who are serious about implementing positive change in the educational process for the 21st century will benefit from Authentic Achievement. In a society where educational qualifications are necessary to compete professionally, this book is a roadmap, showing ways we can help young people achieve their goals.? ––Floretta Dukes McKenzie, former superintAndent of schools, Washington, D.C., and president, The McKenzie Group, Inc.