ERIC Number: ED412662
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1997-May
Reaching and Teaching All Children: Grassroots Efforts That Work.
Sinclair, Robert L., Ed.; Ghory, Ward J., Ed.
This book illuminates efforts of the National Coalition for Equality in Learning to help educators tackle compelling equity problems that persist in public education. The demographically diverse members of the National Coalition, located in eight communities across the country, form a national laboratory for important experiments in school improvement. Since the National Coalition is a microcosm of the pressing problems and varied resources characterizing U.S. education, progress in these settings may help other reform-minded schools. Chapter 1, "Realizing Our Promise" (Robert Sinclair and Ward J. Ghory), is centered on using democratic values as a starting point for reforming public schools. Chapter 2, "Moral Imperatives of Leadership" (Robbie Jean Walker), characterizes leadership as a moral imperative--the ideal background for helping children from varied circumstances learn effectively. Chapter 3, :Learning Lessons of Change" (Kimberly Trimble and Jan Jacob), covers some major lessons learned from authors' efforts to help schools make desired changes. Chapter 4, "Collaborative Inquiry: (Robert Smith and Stephanie Knight), considers teachers' crucial role in designing learning conditions that encourage all youngsters to succeed, and chapter 5, ""Learning from Families" (Hope Jensen Leichter), underlines the importance of combining teacher and parental energies. Chapter 6, "Toward Equality Schools" (Valerie Wheeler and others), describes several characteristics of Equality Schools, and chapter 7, "Evaluation in Service of Learning" (Ward J. Ghory and Robert L. Sinclair), advises on evaluating children's learning progress. The final chapter suggests constructive directions for leadership aimed at improving local schools and increasing learning for all children. (MLH)
Descriptors: Change Strategies, Democratic Values, Educational Change, Educational Quality, Elementary Secondary Education, Equal Education, Teacher Role
Corwin Press, Inc., 2455 Teller Road, Thousand Oaks, CA 91320-2218 (cloth: ISBN-0-8039-6528-1, $49.95; paper: ISBN-0-8039-6529-X, $21.95).
Publication Type: Collected Works - General
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