Renewal: Remaking America's Schools for the Twenty-First Century by Harold KwalwasserRenewal: Remaking America's Schools for the Twenty-First Century by Harold Kwalwasser

Renewal: Remaking America's Schools for the Twenty-First Century

byHarold Kwalwasser

Paperback | March 8, 2012

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Harold Kwalwasser has put together a call to action for education reform that makes a clear case for what has to be done in order to educate all children to their full potential.  He visited forty high-performing and transforming school districts, charters, parochial, and private schools to understand why they have succeeded where others have failed.  The analysis in Renewal: Remaking America's Schools for the Twenty-First Century brings together all of the necessary changes in one dynamic strategy.  Many schools, even though facing seemingly impossible odds, have succeeded brilliantly.  But their histories also reflect that there are neither silver bullets or demons.  The heart of successful reform is systemic change, which requires the patience, understanding,  and commitment of every adult who has a role in the process, from parents and taxpayers, to the school board members, superintendents, and teachers, and on to state legislators and members of Congress. Renewal offers a clear picture of how to move away from the mass-production style of education that most schools offered throughout the twentieth century to a new, more innovative, and flexible model that can meet this country's promise of truly educating every child and preparing each of them for the challenges ahead.
Harold Kwalwasser writes and consults on education policy. He is the former general counsel of the Los Angeles Unified School District, the second largest in the United States.  He was a key part of a leadership team whose focus was building a modern twenty-first-century school system. Throughout the course of a long career in both the...
Title:Renewal: Remaking America's Schools for the Twenty-First CenturyFormat:PaperbackDimensions:340 pages, 8.64 × 6.1 × 0.8 inPublished:March 8, 2012Publisher:R&L EducationLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

PrefaceIntroductionPart One - The BasicsCh. 1 - Management Theory 101Ch. 2 - Human Relations 101Ch. 3 - Politics 101Part Two - Leaders Ch. 4 - SuperintendentsCh. 5 - Principals Part Three - TeachersCh. 6 - A Brave New WorldCh. 7 - Keeping - and Working with - Those You haveCh. 8 - Training New (and More) Teachers Inside the SystemCh. 9 - The Rest of Your Life: Good Teachers always get better: The Professional Learning CommunityCh. 10 - Training New (and more) Teachers: Working the Pipeline into the ClassroomCh. 11 - Creating more Alternative Training and Certification ProgramsCh. 12 - What is a Good Teacher: Evaluation in a Professional WorldCh. 13 - TenureCh. 14 - Motivating Teachers: Is Pay the Be All and End All?Ch. 15 - The Coleman Report Effect on Motivation: Do Teachers have low Expectations of Poor Kids?Ch. 16 - The Special Challenge of Hard-to-Staff SchoolsPart Four - CustomersStudents Ch. 17 - Do not lose Sight of the StudentCh. 18 - Seeing Every Child for Who They are, not Who We Assume Them to be: Replacing One Curriculum Taught One WayCh. 19 - Ending a System Designed to Lose Track of Kids: Paying Attention to Real Students, Not to the Assumptions We Make About ThemCh. 20 - Assessing Students: Never Letting Them Fall too far BehindParents Ch. 21 - Parents: One Half of a Confused Partnership Ch. 22 - Parents: Long-Ignored Consumers and OwnersPart Five - The Template:  The Things High-Performing Schools Have in CommonCh. 23 - Six Beliefs Ch. 24 - Eight Practices Ch. 25  - A Case Study in What It Takes to FailCh. 26 - The Things not DonePart Six - Beyond the School District: The Role of the States and Federal Governments Ch. 27 - The Role of the StatesCh. 28 - The Role of the Federal Government Postscript - The Future of the American Public School SystemCh. 29 - The System of Schools We Want: The Education System We NeedAppendix I - The Principles of a Citizens' Movement for Better Education Appendix II - A Proposed School "Disclosure Document"

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In his book, Renewal: Remaking America's School for the Twenty-First Century, Harold Kwalwasser, former general counsel of the L.A. Unified School District, offers a comprehensive examination of what it takes to move America's school systems into the 21st century. ... His call for "ending a system designed to lose track of kids" resonates with efforts in the reform movement to put children first and do what it takes to put quality in the classroom.