Grassroots School Reform A Community Guide to Developing Globally Competitive Students

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  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2010-11-15
  • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan

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By virtually every measure, America's public schools are failing.Grassroots School Reformargues that significant education reform will not come from state or federal policy change, but from locally stimulated initiatives that reclaim responsibility for selecting committed leadership and force states to grant greater local autonomy. Using as a blueprint exemplary charter schools, Farnsworth argues that public policy must extend chartering privileges toallschools and allow them to pursue excellence without the restraints of state and federal restriction. This book provides a fresh, but uniquely manageable approach to grassroots education reform that re-empowers citizens to control their educational destinies.

Author Biography

Kent A. Farnsworth is retired Mary Ann Lee Endowed Professor for Education Leadership and Policy Studies Education at the University of Missouri – St. Louis where he also directed the Center for International Community College Education and Leadership. For 19 years prior to his university tenure, Farnsworth served as President of Crowder College in Missouri. He is the 2002 recipient of the Werner Kubsch Award for Outstanding Achievement in International Education. Other published works include Leadership as Service: A New Model for Higher Education in a New Century and A Fieldbook for Community College Online Instruction.    

Table of Contents

We Need School Reform-and Soon! * Where Are We Doing It Right? * Where Reform Won't Happen * Getting Someone To Be Responsible * Finding and Supporting Great Leadership * Developing a World Class Curriculum * Math as the Language of Science and Technology * Second Language from the Start * “Let Me Show You The World" * Hiring, Developing, and Evaluating for Excellence * Keeping Teachers Current, Enthusiastic, and Energized * Reinterpreting 'Least Restrictive Environment' * Providing Choice in the Public Arena * Legislating for Change * Managing With Data * Building Successful Partnerships * Sustaining and Enhancing Reform * The Rescuer's 12 Step Guide to School Reform

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