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ERIC Number: ED521363
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2011-Jun
Pages: 200
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 0
ISBN: ISBN-978-1-9347-4286-0
I Used to Think... and Now I Think...: Twenty Leading Educators Reflect on the Work of School Reform
Elmore, Richard F., Ed.
Harvard Education Press
This book's title, "I Used to Think... And Now I Think...", is borrowed from an exercise often used at the end of teacher professional development sessions, in which participants write down how what they've learned has changed their thinking. The resulting essays model the ongoing process of reflection and growth among those deeply committed to this work. In this compact volume, Richard F. Elmore invites leading educators at every level of school reform--teachers, administrators, policymakers, school founders, community organizers, union leaders, teacher educators--to share their intimate reflections on the personal experiences and intellectual journeys that have shaped their practice. This book contains the following essays: (1) Arguing for Theory (Jean Anyon); (2) "Metis" and the Metrics of Success (Ernesto J. Cortes Jr.); (3) Passion versus Purpose (Rudy Chew); (4) What Schools Can Do in a Democratic Society (Larry Cuban); (5) Policy Is the Problem, and Other Hard-Won Insights (Richard R. Elmore); (6) From Progressive Education to Educational Pluralism (Howard Gardner); (7) Five Years Is Not Enough (Beverly L. Hall); (8) Reflections on Inclusion (Thomas Hehir); (9) Ideas Have Sharper Edges than Real Phenomena (Jeffrey R. Henig); (10) You Say "Expert", I Say... Not so Much (Frederick M. Hess); (11) Hope in the Possible (Deborah Jewell-Sherman); (12) Rethinking Union's Roles in Education Reform (Brad Jupp); (13) Whoever Wanted a Standardized Child Anyway? (Dennis Littky); (14) Rethinking Trust (Deborah Meier); (15) "School Reform" Is Not Enough (Ron Miller); (16) Critical Hope, in Spite of It All (Sonia Nieto); (17) Turning Around on Turnarounds (Charles M. Payne); (18) Against the Grain (Larry Rosenstock); (19) High-Stakes Progressive Teacher Unionism (Mark Simon); and (20) Musings (Marshall S. Smith). An introduction by Richard F. Elmore is included.
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Publication Type: Books; Collected Works - General; Opinion Papers
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Audience: Teachers; Administrators; Policymakers
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: Harvard University, Graduate School of Education