Below is a list of the books published by our staff and research partners and others that reference and reinforce EdVisions school model.
Time for Action: Stop Teaching to the Test and Start Teaching Skills
By Scott D. Wurdinger, Available at amazon.com
This book should be read by anyone concerned about the future of education in the U.S. It was written for students, parents, educators, administrators, and policy makers because it will require effort from all the individuals to create meaningful change in the education system.
Since the 1960’s, efforts to reform education–including various curricular changes, regarding approaches, teacher preparation methods, funds for the disadvantaged and instructional techniques–have failed to bring about true systemic change because the reforms do not deal with a different view of learning. The Hope Study was created to discover whether a radically non-traditional learning environment would achieve more positive results. In detailing the outcomes of the Hope Study, Assessing What Really Matters in Schools gives hope to innovative and progressive schools and to new and different accountability systems, while changing the conversation from an achievement discourse to a human development discourse.
Imagine a school with no classrooms, bells, or textbooks where students work at their own pace, are not graded, and can decide what to study. Have you ever heard of a school where teachers are responsible for the learning program, hiring and retention of personnel, and success of the school? “The Coolest School in America” – How Small Learning Communities are Changing Everything describes the creation and development of learning communities that are changing the conversation about what schools can be and do.
Teachers As Owners: A Key to Revitalizing Public Education
Edited by Edward J. Dirkswager with a foreword by Ted Kolderie. Available from amazon.com
Teacher ownership is a revolutionary way to put more excitement and meaning into the teaching profession and to revitalize public education. Teachers as Owners: A Key to Revitalizing Public Education demonstrates how being an owner rather than an employee can give teachers control of their professional activity, including full responsibility and accountability for creating and sustaining high-performing learning communities. It presents examples of teacher ownership in practice and provides practical models for those who would like to experience the professional satisfaction found in ownership.
The culture of schooling is not inherently democratic, and a collaborative culture must be cultivated by creating the community, the collective, the consensual, the consultative, and the coaching commitment. Newell and Buchen show how the experience of a group of practitioners has led the way for continual development of collaborative culture. They also discuss the problems and promises of creating and living this collaborative, democratic culture.
Passion for Learning explains the theory and practice behind making a project-based system work. Educators, parents, and students who feel oppressed by the current school system or are unsatisfied with their situation; people who are in danger of losing a school to consolidation; and those involved in small school movements in urban areas will want to read this book.
The Language of School Design: Design Patterns for 21st Century Schools
By Prakash Nair and Randall Fielding. Available from amazon.com
The Language of School Design defines a new graphic vocabulary that synthesizes learning research with best practice in school planning and design. But it is more than a book about ideas; it is also a practical tool and must-have resource for all school stakeholders involved in planning, designing, and constructing the educational adequacy of existing school facilities.