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Schools of Opportunity

10 Research-Based Models of Equity in Action

240 pages
Teachers College Press

Schools of Opportunity builds an argument for shifting the way that excellent schools are recognized and built. The National Education Policy Center’s Schools of Opportunity project was designed to highlight public high schools that are using research-based practices for closing opportunity gaps in student learning. The project recognizes schools working to address the needs of all students, whether or not those schools have high average test scores. This approach thus embraces a shift away from the nation’s myopic focus on outcomes. This follows from research findings that schools alone cannot fix the problems created by the stark inequalities in our society. Instead, schools should be expected to do their part by responding to inequities with research-based practices. With these shifts in mind, this book provides case studies of schools that demonstrate key criteria that other schools can emulate, such as an inclusive school climate, support for language-minority students, performance-based assessment, teacher professionalism, a commitment to detracking, and supports for students in need.

Book Features:

  • Provides accounts of school reform, jointly told by researcher–practitioner teams, connecting current research with successful efforts of educators to create outstanding learning environments.
  • Brings together the voices of principals and school leaders who share stories of how their work has unfolded in their school, district, and state contexts.
  • Identifies the school leadership and teacher practices that close opportunity gaps for student learning, and what it takes to implement them.
Author Bio

Adam York is a research associate with the National Education Policy Center. Kevin Welner is a professor of education policy at the University of Colorado Boulder and the director of the National Education Policy Center. Linda Molner Kelley is co-director of the Schools of Opportunity project at the National Education Policy Center.