Educational Entrepreneurship
Realities, Challenges, Possibilities

  • Title:

    Educational Entrepreneurship
  • Edited By:

    Frederick M. Hess
  • Paperback ISBN:

    1-891792-25-3
  • Paperback Dimensions:

    6'' x 9''
  • 299 Paperback pages

Entrepreneurship has emerged in recent years as an unprecedented and influential force in U.S. K-12 education. Yet the topic has received surprisingly little serious or systematic attention. A new collection of essays, Educational Entrepreneurship: Realities, Challenges, Possibilities (Harvard Education Press, August 2006), fills this gap.

Though today's entrepreneurs are gradually remaking the structure of K-12 education, most accounts of their work either celebrate successes or bemoan their excesses. Seldom do observers stop to examine the challenges and opportunities in store. This timely volume addresses a number of central questions: What is educational entrepreneurship and what does it look like? Who are the educational entrepreneurs and what motivates them? What tools do entrepreneurs need to be successful? What policies or practices enable or impede entrepreneurship? What would it mean to open up the education sector to more entrepreneurial activity?

In this volume, an interesting and admirable range of contributors offer articles on the nature of educational entrepreneurship; the political, policy, and legal landscapes facing educational entrepreneurs; various models of entrepreneurial activity; the role of for-profit organizations in K-12 education; and possible future directions for educational entrepreneurs. The result is a lively, provocative book that introduces this expanding field to readers concerned with K-12 education in the United States--and with efforts to reform and improve it.

  • An introduction and conclusion by the editor, Frederick M. Hess, director of education policy studies at AEI.
  • Chapter 1: "What Is Educational Entrepreneurship?", by Kim Smith and Julie Landry Petersen of NewSchools Venture Fund.
  • Chapter 2: "Entrepreneurs at Work," by Paul Teske and Aimee Williamson of the Center for Education Policy Analysis at the University of Colorado.
  • Chapter 3: "The Policy Landscape," by Patrick McGuinn of Drew University.
  • Chapter 4: "Mapping the K-12 and Postsecondary Sectors," by Adam Newman of Eduventures.
  • Chapter 5: "For-Profit K-12 Education: Through the Glass Darkly," by Alex Molnar of the Education Policy Studies Laboratory at Arizona State University.
  • Chapter 6: "Entrepreneurs within School Districts," by Joe Williams, author of Cheating Our Kids: How Politics and Greed Ruin Education.
  • Chapter 7: "Markets, Bureaucracies, and Clans: The Role of Organizational Culture," by Robert Maranto of Villanova University and April Gresham Maranto.
  • Chapter 8: "Why Is This So Difficult?", by Henry M. Levin of Teachers College, Columbia University.
  • Chapter 9: "Opportunities, but a Resistant Culture," by Steven F. Wilson of Harvard University.
  • Chapter 10: "The Bias against Scale and Profit," by John E. Chubb of Edison Schools.
  • Chapter 11: "Educational Entrepreneurs Redux," by Larry Cuban of Stanford University.


What education experts say about Educational Entrepreneurship:

"Educational entrepreneurs are proving that the calcified delivery system of public schooling can be shaken up and retooled for the twenty-first century. Hess and his colleagues look at the phenomenon from every angle in this rich assortment of essays. This is a book that provides plenty of fuel for discussions about where school reform is headed.” --Nelson Smith, President, National Alliance for Public Charter Schools

"If you believe America's schools can be changed for the better, then here's a book for you. Hess and his colleagues explore a new breed of educational revolutionaries and the difficult contexts in which they labor. There is a bit of everything between these covers, from the risk and messiness of it all to the promise." --Chris Whittle, Founder and CEO, Edison Schools

"Educational entrepreneurs are playing an increasingly visible role in shaping the future of education in America. This insightful book offers a window into how this movement has evolved, the hurdles it faces, and its growing impact on our nation’s schools." --Michelle Rhee, CEO and President, The New Teacher Project

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About the Author

 

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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