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Throughout 2009, Harold Kwalwasser visited 40 high-performing and transforming districts around the United States to observe what is working...and what is not. Renewal: Remaking American Schools for the 21st Century details his findings that show that vast improvement is possible. Many schools working against seemingly impossible odds have done just that. But the histories of the districts also reflect that there are neither silver bullets nor demons. The heart of successful reform is systemic change, which requires the patience and understanding of every adult who has a role in the process a€“ from the school board member and superintendent, to the parents or taxpayers who vote for their leaders and pay their bills. Renewal offers a clear picture of how to move away from the mass production style of education that most schools offered throughout the 20th century, and instead move toward a new, more innovative, and flexible model that can meet our country's promise of adequately educating every child, and preparing them for the challenges ahead.For example, if all four fifth-grade teachers in a school can earn some additional money if the entire fifth grade does well, the ... One survey found that, by a 63 percent to 22 percent margin, teachers thought individually awarded merit pay would ... In my building, the fourth grade team that I work with, we lesson plan together.

Author: Harold Kwalwasser
Publisher:R&L Education - 2012

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