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"It's Being Done": Academic Success in Unexpected Schools

3.88 of 5 stars 3.88  ·  rating details  ·  41 ratings  ·  7 reviews
This straightforward and inspiring book takes readers into schools where educators believe—and prove—that all children, even those considered “hard-to-teach,” can learn to high standards.

Their teachers and principals refuse to write them off and instead show how thoughtful instruction, high expectations, stubborn commitment, and careful consideration of each child’s needs
Paperback, 256 pages
Published April 1st 2007 by Harvard Education Press
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Vincent Gammill
The book is a straightforward selection of case-studies for schools that have succeeded in narrowing testing gaps between poor and minority students and their wealthier and white majority peers. To a teacher, in one sense this is uplifting: with the right circumstances and an earnest attitude that every child will succeed, great equitable schooling can occur.
In another way, it's rather daunting: in every case, Ms. Chenowith details that the successes at these case-study schools was a whole-scho
Oct 15, 2008 Valerie rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: any interested in US education
These stories are amazing, the writing is warm, the analysis spot-on. A must-read.
Sep 10, 2011 Matthew rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: teachers, principals
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This is a very clearly laid out book. It is set up into a series of school testimonies about what they have done to close the achievement gap. Getting through the book can be a bit of a tough go, but the writing and layout makes the reading easy and light hearted.

The conclusions that Karin Chenoweth has published on how to achieve success in the toughest circumstances are spot on. I would recommend this book to any teaching professional and challenge them to examine their own practice and how th
A great book that profiles fifteen "at-risk" schools across the country that are meeting high standards against expectations. Nice to see how the teachers and school administration do not give up on kids who are easily underestimated. It is a lot of work and dedication though, as evident in the interviews. The positive and negative effects of No Child Left Behind are discussed throughout, very interesting and informative.
Jun 19, 2007 Patrice rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: the public at large
This is a compilation of case studies of schools that already work in the midst of extra challenges and comparatively low levels of funding. I read a section of this book about the Benwood Initiative, schools in Chattanooga that underwent a radical restructuring to improve student achievement, and hope to learn from the rest too.
Oct 23, 2008 Debi added it
If you are an educator, this book is inspiring. If you are a parent this book is inspiring. I can't think of anyone who wouldn't benefit from a broader, more open mind on the subject of how we go about the business of educating our children with enthusiasm and grace!
Jul 11, 2007 Celine rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Anyone interested in education
Interesting insight on how parts of NCLB, as well as various strategies, are helping some public schools succeeds.
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