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ERIC Number: ED515305
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Jan
Pages: 496
Abstractor: As Provided
ISBN: ISBN-978-1-934742-43-3
Transforming Public Education: Cases in Education Entrepreneurship
Childress, Stacey M., Ed.
Harvard Education Press
For nearly two decades, education entrepreneurs have been working to transform the K-12 public education system in the United States. "Social entrepreneurship" has become part of the language of a new generation of idealists, many of whom are focused on education. The nineteen cases in this book profile entrepreneurs who are pursuing opportunities to create pattern-breaking social change in our public schools--in particular, by creating high-quality educational opportunities for low-income and minority students who are dramatically underserved by the current public education system. Based on a popular course developed and taught at the Harvard Business School, this casebook is organized into four modules: (1) Understanding the Context of Urban Schooling in the United States; (2) Tackling the "People Problem"; (3) Focusing on Performance; and (4) Launching and Growing New Schools. Students are invited to explore four overarching questions: Why are there opportunities for entrepreneurs in a sector that is funded with public dollars and delivered by public agencies? Why is entrepreneurial activity aggregating around certain opportunities? What are the possibilities and constraints faced by entrepreneurs in each opportunity area? How can we evaluate the impact of these entrepreneurs' efforts?
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Publication Type: Books; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: Harvard University, Graduate School of Education
Identifiers - Location: United States