Readings and Research
Foundational Readings and Research
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The Missing Link in School Reform - Carrie R. Leana. Stanford Social Innovation Review. A foundation article for our approach to Inquiry Groups: "In trying to improve American public schools, educators, policymakers, and philanthropists are overselling the role of the highly skilled individual teacher and undervaluing the benefits that come from teacher collaborations that strengthen skills, competence, and a school's overall social capital."
How High Schools Become Exemplary
- The Achievement Gap Institute at Harvard University. A foundational document for our thinking re the Federal SLC Project, this report features 15 outstanding public high schools from Massachusetts, Illinois, Ohio, Maryland, Texas and Washington, DC. All were featured at the Fifth Annual Conference of the Achievement Gap Initiative at Harvard University in June of 2009.
A Teacher Quality Manifesto - Deborah Kenny. Our Project strives to "optimize" the working environment at LHS/LC. This article by Kenny, the head of Harlem Village Academies stresses the need for a healthy culture of work. "Culture—how people feel at work, how they are treated, and the values exhibited by their colleagues—determines the caliber of people who are attracted to an organization. Once hired, culture determines whether people will do their best work."