Urban School Reform
Lessons from San Diego

  • Title:

    Urban School Reform
  • Edited By:

    Frederick M. Hess
  • Paperback ISBN:

    1-891792-57-1
  • 372 Paperback pages
  • Hardcover ISBN:

    1-891792-58-X

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Today's urban school reformers face a bewildering array of challenges. Urgent problems pertaining to governance, management, labor relations, classroom instruction, and numerous other areas face those who wish to reform and improve urban schools. Having undergone one of the nation's most comprehensive school reform efforts in recent years, San Diego has been a site of nationwide interest--one that is uncommonly well suited to learning about the challenges facing all reformers.

This timely book addresses the full range of critical issues pertaining to urban school reform by looking closely at the recent reform efforts in San Diego. In essays by an impressive gathering of scholars and practitioners from across the country, the book considers crucial dimensions of reform efforts in the San Diego schools, including performance, governance, the external environment, central leadership and management, district infrastructure, support services, and school-level instructional efforts. The result is a full-scale assessment of San Diego's reform efforts--a record of unmistakable relevance and value to other urban reform movements throughout the United States.

An indispensable book for administrators, policymakers, scholars, and practitioners, Urban School Reform presents a revealing portrait of reform efforts in a much-discussed urban school system while identifying the full range of issues that education reformers will need to address in districts across the country in the years ahead. [more...]

Contributors include Daphna Bassok, Alan Bersin, Julian R. Betts, Christine Campbell, Amy C. Crosson, Michael DeArmond, Kate Garrison, Jane Hannaway, Amy M. Hightower, Frank Kemerer, Nonie K. Lesaux, Catherine Maloney, Milbrey W. McLaughlin, Jennifer A. O'Day, Margaret E. Raymond, Peter Robertson, Jon Schnur, Maggie Stanislawski, Sara Taggart, Michael D. Usdan, Victoria Van Cleef, Joe Williams, Patrick J. Wolf, and Andrew C. Zau.

Frederick M. Hess is a resident scholar and the director of Education Policy Studies at AEI.

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Frederick M.
Hess
  • An educator, political scientist and author, Frederick M. Hess studies K-12 and higher education issues. His books include "Cage-Busting Leadership," "Breakthrough Leadership in the Digital Age," "The Same Thing Over and Over," "Education Unbound," "Common Sense School Reform," "Revolution at the Margins," and "Spinning Wheels." He is also the author of the popular Education Week blog, "Rick Hess Straight Up." Hess's work has appeared in scholarly and popular outlets such as Teachers College Record, Harvard Education Review, Social Science Quarterly, Urban Affairs Review, American Politics Quarterly, The Chronicle of Higher Education, Phi Delta Kappan, Educational Leadership, U.S. News & World Report, National Affairs, the Washington Post, the New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, the Atlantic and National Review. He has edited widely cited volumes on the Common Core, the role of for-profits in education, education philanthropy, school costs and productivity, the impact of education research, and No Child Left Behind.  Hess serves as executive editor of Education Next, as lead faculty member for the Rice Education Entrepreneurship Program, and on the review boards for the Broad Prize in Urban Education and the Broad Prize for Public Charter Schools. He also serves on the boards of directors of the National Association of Charter School Authorizers and 4.0 SCHOOLS. A former high school social studies teacher, he teaches or has taught at the University of Virginia, the University of Pennsylvania, Georgetown University, Rice University and Harvard University. He holds an M.A. and Ph.D. in Government, as well as an M.Ed. in Teaching and Curriculum, from Harvard University.


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