How Schools Work: An Inside Account of Failure and Success from One of the Nation’s Longest-Serving Secretaries of Education

Simon & Schuster - Education runs on lies. But it also identifies what really does make a school work. This book merits every american’s serious consideration” vice president Joe Biden: from the Secretary of Education under President Obama, an exposé of the status quo that helps maintain a broken system at the expense of our kids’ education, and threatens our nation’s future.

If america is going to be great, then we can accept nothing less. That’s probably not what you’d expect from a former Secretary of Education, but it’s the truth. So opens arne duncan’s how schools work, not for others, although the title could just as easily be How American Schools Work for Some, and Only Now and Then for Kids.

How schools work exposes the lies that have caused American kids to fall behind their international peers, from early childhood all the way to college graduation rates. As insightful as it is inspiring” washington Book Review, How Schools Work will embolden parents, voters, teachers, and even students to demand more of our public schools.

How Schools Work: An Inside Account of Failure and Success from One of the Nation's Longest-Serving Secretaries of Education - . Drawing on nearly three decades in education—from his mother’s after-school program on chicago’s south side to his tenure as secretary of education in Washington, Tea Partiers who call him an autocrat, and even the NRA, parents who call him racist, teachers who insist they can’t help poor kids, affluent white progressive moms who hate yearly tests, unions that refuse to modernize, DC—How Schools Work follows Arne as he insists you call him as he takes on challenges at every turn: gangbangers in Chicago housing projects, which once labeled Arne the “most extreme anti-gun member of President Obama’s Cabinet.

Going to a child’s funeral every couple of weeks, as he did when he worked in Chicago, will do that to a person.





The Schoolhouse Gate: Public Education, the Supreme Court, and the Battle for the American Mind

Pantheon - The schoolhouse gate gives a fresh, lucid, and provocative account of the historic legal battles waged over education and illuminates contemporary disputes that continue to fracture the nation. This magiste­rial book will make it impossible to view American schools—or America itself—in the same way again.

From racial segregation to un­authorized immigration, from antiwar protests to compul­sory flag salutes, from economic inequality to teacher-led prayer—these are but a few of the cultural anxieties dividing American society that the Supreme Court has addressed in elementary and secondary schools.  .

Judicial decisions assessing the constitutional rights of students in the nation’s public schools have consistently generated bitter controversy. A washington post notable book of the yeara new york times Book Review Editors’ ChoiceAn award-winning constitutional law scholar at the University of Chicago who clerked for Judge Merrick B.

The Schoolhouse Gate: Public Education, the Supreme Court, and the Battle for the American Mind - Driver surveys this legal landscape with eloquence, highlights the gripping personal narratives behind landmark clashes, and warns that the repeated failure to honor students’ rights threatens our basic constitutional order. Justin driver maintains that since the 1970s the Supreme Court has regularly abdicated its responsibility for protecting students’ constitutional rights and risked trans­forming public schools into Constitution-free zones.

Students deriving lessons about citizenship from the court’s decisions in recent decades would conclude that the following actions taken by educators pass constitutional muster: inflicting severe corporal punishment on students without any proce­dural protections, searching students and their possessions without probable cause in bids to uncover violations of school rules, random drug testing of students who are not suspected of wrongdoing, and suppressing student speech for the view­point it espouses.

Garland, justice stephen breyer, and justice sandra day o’Connor gives us an engaging and alarming book that aims to vindicate the rights of public school stu­dents, which have so often been undermined by the Supreme Court in recent decades.





What School Could Be: Insights and Inspiration from Teachers across America

Princeton University Press - An inspiring account of teachers in ordinary circumstances doing extraordinary things, showing us how to transform educationWhat School Could Be offers an inspiring vision of what our teachers and students can accomplish if trusted with the challenge of developing the skills and ways of thinking needed to thrive in a world of dizzying technological change.

Innovation expert ted dintersmith took an unprecedented trip across America, visiting all fifty states in a single school year. All across the country, agency, he met teachers in ordinary settings doing extraordinary things, essential skillsets and mindsets, creating innovative classrooms where children learn deeply and joyously as they gain purpose, and real knowledge.

He originally set out to raise awareness about the urgent need to reimagine education to prepare students for a world marked by innovation--but America's teachers one-upped him. They can readily implement small changes that can make a big difference. America's clock is ticking. But the trailblazing of many American educators gives us reasons for hope.

What School Could Be: Insights and Inspiration from Teachers across America - Capturing bold ideas from teachers and classrooms across America, What School Could Be provides a realistic and profoundly optimistic roadmap for creating cultures of innovation and real learning in all our schools. Better yet, teachers and parents don't have to wait for the revolution to come from above.

Our archaic model of education trains our kids for a world that no longer exists, and accelerating advances in technology are eliminating millions of jobs.





After the Education Wars: How Smart Schools Upend the Business of Reform

The New Press - The good news is that solutions born of this philosophy are all around us: from Brockton, a large district where school improvement, to Leander, Massachusetts, Texas, where the state’s once-failing largest high school now sends most graduates to college, spurred by the ideas of quality guru W. After the education Wars helps us to see a better way forward.

Cathy N. Davidson, the new york times book Review“After the Education Wars is an important book that points the way to genuine reform. Diane ravitch, more democratic entrepreneurialismin an entirely fresh take on school reform, eli broad, author of Reign of Error and The Death and Life of the Great American School SystemA bestselling business journalist critiques the top-down approach of popular education reforms and profiles the unexpected success of schools embracing a nimbler, business journalist and bestselling author Andrea Gabor argues that Bill Gates, and other leaders of the prevailing education-reform movement have borrowed all the wrong lessons from the business world.

After the Education Wars: How Smart Schools Upend the Business of Reform - . The education wars have been demoralizing for teachers. After the education wars explains how the market-based measures and carrot-and-stick incentives informing today’s reforms are out of sync with the nurturing culture that good schools foster and—contrary to popular belief—at odds with the best practices of thriving twenty-first-century companies as well.

A welcome exception to the doom-and-gloom canon of education reform, After the Education Wars makes clear that what’s needed is not more grand ideas, but practical and informed ways to grow the best ones that are already transforming schools. Edwards deming, has become a way of life.





Meeting Wise: Making the Most of Collaborative Time for Educators

Harvard Education Press - In addition, they provide guidelines for readers on “wise facilitating” and “wise participating, ” and also include “top tips” and common dilemmas. In meeting wise, the authors show why meeting planning is a high-leverage strategy for changing how people work together in the service of school improvement.

This book, by two editors of data wise: a step-by-step Guide to Using Assessment Results to Improve Teaching and Learning, attempts to bring about a fundamental shift in how educators think about the meetings we attend. They make the case that these gatherings are potentially the most important venue where adult and organizational learning can take place in schools, and that making more effective use of this time is the key to increasing student achievement.

Meeting Wise: Making the Most of Collaborative Time for Educators - Simple, principals’ meetings with teachers, charter-school management summits, professional development sessions, and practical, Meeting Wise is designed to be read and applied at every level of the educational enterprise: district leadership meetings with central office staff, teacher-team meetings, succinct, and even teachers’ meetings with parents and students.

To this end, they have created a meeting-planning “checklist” to develop a common language for discussing and improving the quality of meetings.





The Fifth Risk

W. W. Norton & Company - Michael lewis finds them, and he asks them what keeps them up at night. If you want to preserve your personal immunity to the hard problems, it’s better never to really understand those problems. Some even threw away the briefing books that had been prepared for them. Michael lewis’s brilliant narrative takes us into the engine rooms of a government under attack by its own leaders.

In agriculture the funding of vital programs like food stamps and school lunches is being slashed. They are the linchpins of the system―those public servants whose knowledge, dedication, and proactivity keep the machinery running. And then there was radio silence. Across all departments, similar stories were playing out: Trump appointees were few and far between; those that did show up were shockingly uninformed about the functions of their new workplace.

The Fifth Risk - Knowledge makes life messier. Over at energy, where international nuclear risk is managed, it’s not clear there will be enough inspectors to track and locate black market uranium before terrorists do. Willful ignorance plays a role in these looming disasters. New york times bestseller what are the consequences if the people given control over our government have no idea how it works?"The election happened, " remembers Elizabeth Sherwood-Randall, then deputy secretary of the Department of Energy.

It makes it a bit more difficult for a person who wishes to shrink the world to a worldview.





The Soul of America: The Battle for Our Better Angels

Random House - Grant, theodore roosevelt, Woodrow Wilson, Franklin D. Each of these dramatic hours in our national life have been shaped by the contest to lead the country to look forward rather than back, to assert hope over fear—a struggle that continues even now. While the american story has not always—or even often—been heroic, we have been sustained by a belief in progress even in the gloomiest of times.

Painting surprising portraits of Lincoln and other presidents, including Ulysses S. 1 new york times bestseller • pulitzer prize–winning author jon meacham helps us understand the present moment in American politics and life by looking back at critical times in our history when hope overcame division and fear.

The Soul of America: The Battle for Our Better Angels - Named one of the best books of the year by npr • the christian science monitor • southern living our current climate of partisan fury is not new, and in The Soul of America Meacham shows us how what Abraham Lincoln called the “better angels of our nature” have repeatedly won the day. In this inspiring book,  “the good news is that we have come through such darkness before”—as, time and again, Meacham reassures us, Lincoln’s better angels have found a way to prevail.

Praise for the soul of America “Brilliant, fascinating, timely. With compelling narratives of past eras of strife and disenchantment, Meacham offers wisdom for our own time. Walter isaacson “gripping and inspiring, The Soul of America is Jon Meacham’s declaration of his faith in America.





The Prize: Who's in Charge of America's Schools?

Mariner Books - Invaluable. New york times  Mariner Books. But their plan met the opposition of newark’s key education players, had enriched seemingly everyone, for generations, who were fiercely protective of their billion-dollar-a-year system — a prize that, except Newark’s students. Russakoff pulls readers in with richly drawn real-world characters.

Atlantic   “Stunning. Russakoff’s narrative is rich with details and anecdotes that showcase the quality of her writing and bring Newark to life. Chicago tribune   when mark zuckerberg announced his $100 million pledge to transform the Newark schools and create an education model that could be applied to any city in the nation, it looked like a huge win for New Jersey politicians Cory Booker and Chris Christie.

The Prize: Who's in Charge of America's Schools? - . With deeply drawn portraits of everyone from the philanthropists throwing millions at a haphazard plan, to the teachers fighting to reach students damaged by extreme poverty and violence, The Prize is a riveting account of the complexities and challenges that face all of America’s failing schools. Russakoff provides insights that should prove useful both to contemporary school reformers and to citizens hoping to understand their efforts.

Washington post   “A moving and thought-provoking book. Anthony lukas book prize · finalist for the bernstein Award · Winner of the New Jersey Studies Academic Alliance Authors Award​   “Impeccably researched.





These Truths: A History of the United States

W. W. Norton & Company - There’s nothing for it but to get to know it. 127 illustrations Mariner Books. But has the nation, and democracy itself, beginning in 1492, asking whether the course of events over more than five centuries has proven the nation’s truths, delivered on that promise?These Truths tells this uniquely American story, or belied them.

A nation born in contradiction will fight forever over the meaning of its history, " Lepore writes, but engaging in that struggle by studying the past is part of the work of citizenship. And it rests, too, lepore argues, on a fearless dedication to inquiry, because self-government depends on it. The past is an inheritance, a gift and a burden, " These Truths observes.

These Truths: A History of the United States - New york times bestseller in the most ambitious one-volume american history in decades, award-winning historian and New Yorker writer Jill Lepore offers a magisterial account of the origins and rise of a divided nation, an urgently needed reckoning with the beauty and tragedy of American history. Written in elegiac prose, proof, lepore’s groundbreaking investigation places truth itself―a devotion to facts, and evidence―at the center of the nation’s history.

The american experiment rests on three ideas―"these truths, " Jefferson called them―political equality, natural rights, and the sovereignty of the people. It can’t be shirked. To answer that question, law, journalism, from the colonial town meeting to the nineteenth-century party machine, Lepore traces the intertwined histories of American politics, and technology, from Magna Carta to the Patriot Act, from talk radio to twenty-first-century Internet polls, from the printing press to Facebook News.





The Mueller Report

Scribner - One of the most urgent and important investigations ever conducted, the Mueller inquiry focuses on Donald Trump, his presidential campaign, and Russian interference in the 2016 election, and draws on the testimony of dozens of witnesses and the work of some of the country’s most seasoned prosecutors.

The crucial #1 new york times bestseller “the mueller report is that rare Washington tell-all that surpasses its pre-publication hype…the best book by far on the workings of the Trump presidency. Carlos lozada, the washington post the only book with exclusive analysis by the Pulitzer Prize–winning staff of The Washington Post, and the most complete and authoritative available.

The Mueller Report - Read the findings of the special counsel’s investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election, complete with accompanying analysis by the Post reporters who’ve covered the story from the beginning. This edition from the washington post/scribner contains: —the long-awaited report on the investigation into russian interference in the 2016 presidential election —an introduction by the washington post titled “A President, and the Russians —Key documents in the Special Counsel’s investigation, when Robert Mueller was appointed, the FBI, the Trump legal defense team, to the report's delivery —A guide to individuals involved, the White House, the Trump Campaign, and the Protection of American Democracy” —A timeline of the major events of the Special Counsel’s investigation from May 2017, including in the Special Counsel’s Office, the Department of Justice, a Prosecutor, including filings pertaining to General Michael T.

Petersburg. Mariner Books. Each document is introduced and explained by Washington Post reporters.





The Make-or-Break Year: Solving the Dropout Crisis One Ninth Grader at a Time

The New Press - In a moment of relentless focus on what doesn’t work in education and the public sphere, Phillips’s dramatic account examines what does. Research shows that students with more than one semester F during their freshman year are very unlikely to graduate. The make-or-break year is the largely untold story of how a simple idea—that reorganizing schools to get students through the treacherous transitions of freshman year greatly increases the odds of those students graduating—changed the course of two Chicago high schools, an entire school system, and thousands of lives.

Mariner Books. This vivid description of real change in a faulty system will captivate anyone who cares about improving our nation’s schools; it will inspire educators and families to reimagine their relationships with students like Eric, and others whose stories affirm the pivotal nature of ninth grade for all young people.

A washington post bestselleran entirely fresh approach to ending the high school dropout crisis is revealed in this groundbreaking chronicle of unprecedented transformation in a city notorious for its “failing schools” In eighth grade, Eric thought he was going places. But by his second semester of freshman year at Hancock High, his D’s in Environmental Science and French, plus an F in Mr.

The Make-or-Break Year: Solving the Dropout Crisis One Ninth Grader at a Time - Marshaling groundbreaking research on the teenage brain, emotional, and academic performance, and provide social, journalist turned communications expert Emily Krone Phillips details the emergence of Freshman OnTrack, mete out discipline, a program-cum-movement that is translating knowledge into action—and revolutionizing how teachers grade, peer relationships, and academic support to their students.

Instead, missed homework, hancock’s new way of responding to failing grades, and other red flags made it possible for Eric to get back on track. If eric had attended hancock—or any number of Chicago’s public high schools—just a decade earlier, chances are good he would have dropped out.