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See below for a selection of the latest books from Schools category. Presented with a red border are the Schools books that have been lovingly read and reviewed by the experts at Lovereading. With expert reading recommendations made by people with a passion for books and some unique features Lovereading will help you find great Schools books and those from many more genres to read that will keep you inspired and entertained. And it's all free!

State of Empowerment Low-Income Families and the New Welfare State

State of Empowerment Low-Income Families and the New Welfare State

Author: Carolyn Barnes Format: Hardback Release Date: 30/03/2020

On weekday afternoons, dismissal bells signal not just the end of the school day but also the beginning of another important activity: the federally funded after-school programs that offer tutoring, homework help, and basic supervision to millions of American children. Nearly one in four low-income families enroll a child in an after-school program. Beyond sharpening students' math and reading skills, these programs also have a profound impact on parents. In a surprising turn-especially given the long history of social policies that leave recipients feeling policed, distrusted, and alienated-government-funded after-school programs have quietly become powerful forces for political and civic engagement by shifting power away from bureaucrats and putting it back into the hands of parents. In State of EmpowermentCarolyn Barnes uses ethnographic accounts of three organizations to reveal how interacting with government-funded after-school programs can enhance the civic and political lives of low-income citizens.

School Choice in an Established Market

School Choice in an Established Market

Author: Stephen Gorard Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/02/2020

First published in 1997, this study examines the trend towards markets in UK schools, with a particular focus on fee-paying schools in South Wales, by outlining the varied economic and political arguments both for and against increased parental choice and exploring parents' real reasons for using fee-paying schools. Stephen Gorard destroys the cosy myth that fee-paying schools are large, successful, charitable institutions catering chiefly for a select group of privileged families. Instead, he reveals them as typically privately owned, coeducational and with fewer than a hundred pupils, based in a poorly-converted residential site with few facilities. It is the first book which allows children's voices to be heard fully in the context of debates on the choice of a new school. Gorard has gathered the voices of parents and children via observation, interview and survey, comparing them directly and revealing stark differences in the perception of each generation.

Opting Out The Story of the Parents' Grassroots Movement to Achieve Whole-Child Public Schools

Opting Out The Story of the Parents' Grassroots Movement to Achieve Whole-Child Public Schools

Author: David Hursh, Jeanette Deutermann, Lisa Rudley, Zhe Chen Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 30/01/2020

The rise of high-stakes testing in New York and across the nation has narrowed and simplified what is taught, while becoming central to the effort to privatize public schools. However, it and similar reform efforts have met resistance, with New York as the exemplar for how to repel standardized testing and invasive data collection, such as inBloom. In New York, the two parent/teacher organizations that have been most effective are Long Island Opt Out and New York State Allies for Public Education. Over the last four years, they and other groups have focused on having parents refuse to submit their children to the testing regime, arguing that if students don't take the tests, the results are't usable. The opt-out movement has been so successful that 20% of students statewide and 50% of students on Long Island refused to take tests. In Opting Out, two parent leaders of the opt-out movement-Jeanette Deutermann and Lisa Rudley-tell why and how they became activists in the two organizations. The story of parents, students, and teachers resisting not only high-stakes testing but also privatization and other corporate reforms parallels the rise of teachers across the country going on strike to demand increases in school funding and teacher salaries. Both the success of the opt-out movement and teacher strikes reflect the rise of grassroots organizing using social media to influence policy makers at the local, state, and national levels.

Opting Out The Story of the Parents' Grassroots Movement to Achieve Whole-Child Public Schools

Opting Out The Story of the Parents' Grassroots Movement to Achieve Whole-Child Public Schools

Author: David Hursh, Jeanette Deutermann, Lisa Rudley, Zhe Chen Format: Hardback Release Date: 30/01/2020

The rise of high-stakes testing in New York and across the nation has narrowed and simplified what is taught, while becoming central to the effort to privatize public schools. However, it and similar reform efforts have met resistance, with New York as the exemplar for how to repel standardized testing and invasive data collection, such as inBloom. In New York, the two parent/teacher organizations that have been most effective are Long Island Opt Out and New York State Allies for Public Education. Over the last four years, they and other groups have focused on having parents refuse to submit their children to the testing regime, arguing that if students don't take the tests, the results are't usable. The opt-out movement has been so successful that 20% of students statewide and 50% of students on Long Island refused to take tests. In Opting Out, two parent leaders of the opt-out movement-Jeanette Deutermann and Lisa Rudley-tell why and how they became activists in the two organizations. The story of parents, students, and teachers resisting not only high-stakes testing but also privatization and other corporate reforms parallels the rise of teachers across the country going on strike to demand increases in school funding and teacher salaries. Both the success of the opt-out movement and teacher strikes reflect the rise of grassroots organizing using social media to influence policy makers at the local, state, and national levels.

Being on the Wrong Side of History Race and Schooling in the New South

Being on the Wrong Side of History Race and Schooling in the New South

Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 30/12/2019

Being on the Wrong Side of History: The Re-Segregation of Norfolk Public Schools examines the initial retreat from school desegregation in a racially and economically divided American city. It details the use of gentrification, racial stereotyping and fear to win grassroots support for a calculated political effort to further separate the haves and have-notes. Norfolk, Virginia is a city with a history of racial animus, from the days of the slave trade through periods of Massive Resistance, to the current racial and economic divisions. The call for a return to neighborhood schools in Norfolk provided the necessary impetus to spark the grassroots resurgence and enhanced political rhetoric necessary to meet the needs of those who believed that segregation is either not a salient concern to most Americans, or that a segregated America is preferred. This book suggests that the interplay of politics, culture and power serve multiple purposes. The maintenance of segregated inferior schools for the Blacks sustains social castes that ultimately support the current economic and political structure. The movement to re-segregate schools in America began in Norfolk, Virginia and continues to this day across the United States, unabated.

International Perspectives on School Settings, Education Policy and Digital Strategies A Transatlantic Discourse in Education Research

International Perspectives on School Settings, Education Policy and Digital Strategies A Transatlantic Discourse in Education Research

Author: Sieglinde Jornitz Format: Hardback Release Date: 20/12/2019

Since 2015, the Office for International Cooperation in Education at DIPF | Leibniz Institute for Research and Information in Education has organized international sessions on education research at the Annual Meetings of the American Educational Research Association, thus providing a floor for transatlantic exchange on current research topics. The volume gives an overview of the transatlantic activities in education research with regard to these sessions. The sessions have broadened the scope for national debates and highlighted international similarities, leading to an awareness of and interest in national research characteristics and boundaries of national perspectives. The volume gives an overview of topics that are widely discussed in the European and US American education research context. These sections focus on: 1) School Leadership and School Administration 2) Migration, Refugees, and Public Education 3) Large-Scale Assessment and Education Policy 4) Management and Use of Digital Data in Education 5) Economization of Education 6) Challenge of Translation The volume serves as a differentiated introduction into the field of transatlantic cooperation within education research and gives an insight into current discussions.

Literacies in Early Childhood Foundations for Equitable, Quality Pedagogy

Literacies in Early Childhood Foundations for Equitable, Quality Pedagogy

Literacies in Early Childhood takes a deliberately eclectic approach to taking on new ideas about literacy teaching and learning in early childhood education, and challenges conventional thinking on new and returning debates about the 'best' way to teach early literacy. The book is made up of four sections. Section 1 provides a balanced foundation for thinking about how literacy can be understood. Readers are provided with insight into a broad range of issues relevant to being a literacy teacher, and are invited to engage with different dimensions of the range of literacy repertoires required in today's times. Section 2 considers notions of diversity by looking at issues including learning English as a second or additional language, early childhood programs for ATSI children, social justice in early childhood provision, and aspects of interculturalism. In Section 3 the collection focuses specifically on the engagement of young children with pedagogy and the curriculum offered to them. This section includes a diverse selection of extracts and examples from research and practice. In the final section, the authors call literacy teachers to take up a position on what it means to learn literacy and teach literacy in today's contexts. This collection is put forward not to provide definitive answers, but instead to open discussions in classrooms, lecture halls, and school staff rooms. Literacies in Early Childbood intends to be the impetus for much intellectual work toward providing quality and equity in literacy education across schools and early childhood education contexts.

Leading Educational Change Global Issues, Challenges, and Lessons on Whole-System Reform

Leading Educational Change Global Issues, Challenges, and Lessons on Whole-System Reform

Author: Michael Fullan Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 12/12/2019

This collection features original essays from international superstars in the field of educational change. Each think piece draws on the latest knowledge from research, policy, and practice to provide important insights for creating systemic, meaningful reform. The authors directly address contemporary challenges, misconceptions, and failed strategies, while also offering solutions, ideas, and guiding questions for examination. Unique in its breadth of ideas and diversity of voices, Leading Educational Change is must-reading for education decision makers on all levels, frontline practitioners, and everyone involved with children and adolescent learning. Together with the online companion Instructor's Guide, this is also a perfect text for educational leadership and policy courses.

Race Among Friends Exploring Race at a Suburban School

Race Among Friends Exploring Race at a Suburban School

Author: Marianne Modica Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 11/12/2019

Many saw the 2008 election of Barack Obama as a sign that America had moved past the issue of race, that a colorblind society was finally within reach. But as Marianne Modica reveals in Race Among Friends, attempts to be colorblind do not end racism-in fact, ignoring race increases the likelihood that racism will occur in our schools and in society. This intriguing volume focuses on a racially friendly suburban charter school called Excellence Academy, highlighting the ways that students and teachers think about race and act out racial identity. Modica finds that even in an environment where students of all racial backgrounds work and play together harmoniously, race affects the daily experiences of students and teachers in profound but unexamined ways. Some teachers, she notes, feared that talking about race in the classroom would open them to charges of racism, so they avoided the topic. And rather than generate honest and constructive conversations about race, student friendships opened the door for insensitive racial comments by whites, resentment and silence by blacks, and racially biased administrative practices. In the end, the school's friendly environment did not promote-and may have hindered-serious discussion of race and racial inequity. The desire to ignore race in favor of a colorblind society, Modica writes, has become an entrenched part of American culture. But as Race Among Friends shows, when race becomes a taboo subject, it has serious ramifications for students and teachers of all ethnic origins.

School Choice The End of Public Education?

School Choice The End of Public Education?

Author: Mercedes K. Schneider Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 11/12/2019

Proponents of market-driven education reform view vouchers and charters as superior to localboard- run, community-based public schools. However, the author of this timely volume argues that there is no clear research supporting this view. In fact, she claims there is increasing evidence of charter mismanagement- with public funding all-too-often being squandered while public schools are being closed or consolidated. Tracing the origins of vouchers and charters in the United States, this book examines the push to globally compete with education systems in countries such as China and Finland. It documents issues important to the school choice debate, including the impoverishment of public schools to support privatized schools, the abandonment of long-held principles of public education, questionable disciplinary practices, and community disruption. School Choice: The End of Public Education? is essential reading for anyone seeking a deeper understanding of the past and future of public education in America. Book Features: Provides a comprehensive historical account of the origins of vouchers and charters. Includes accounts of intriguing historical experiences. Examines the defunding of neighborhood public schools in favor of often-underregulated charters. Reveals charter school churn that often follows the closing of a mismanaged charter. Provides a cogent counternarrative to the claim that charters are necessary for America to compete globally.

What Makes a Good School?

What Makes a Good School?

Author: Jane Caro, Chris Bonnor Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 11/12/2019

How much of what you hear about schools can you trust? Can you believe the marketing hype about unsurpassed facilities, genius teachers and stellar academic achievement? Do you listen to neighbourhood gossip about your local school? Are government statistics the answer? School choice has become one of the most agonising issues of parenthood. Chris Bonnor and Jane Caro have no magic formula, and agree that complex factors come together to make a good school. But drawing on their own experiences and knowledge as school principal, parents and advocates they give parents the tools to do homework about schools themselves. They compare talk about schools - public, Catholic, private, selective, comprehensive - against the reality. They examine how good schools respond to the recurring crises in the lives of kids. They help navigate NAPLAN tests and the My School website. And they place their analysis squarely in the middle of the national discussion about education. Schools have to be good for students, for parents and for the nation. What Makes a Good School? will help you to cover all bases.

Finding Place and Keeping Pace Exploring Meaningful and Equitable Learning in South African Schools

Finding Place and Keeping Pace Exploring Meaningful and Equitable Learning in South African Schools

Author: Shireen Motala Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 10/12/2019

The first day of the school year is usually filled with excitement. With uniforms washed and shoes polished, friends reunite and catch up on holiday news. For many, especially those entering the school gates for the first time, it's also a day of trepidation. There's the fear of the unknown, unfamiliar faces and regimes of order and discipline. And for a few there is the worry of finding access denied, after standing in queues before administrators in the hope of being allocated a seat in a class... Finding Place and Keeping Pace focuses on getting access to and completing basic education in South Africa. It is based on research conducted for the Consortium on Research in Education Access, Transition and Equity (CREATE), an international study funded by the UK's Department for International Development and which was led by Professor Keith Lewin of Sussex University. The book showcases a rich body of research dealing with educational access, inclusion and exclusion and provides a critical appraisal of how far South Africa has come in terms of achieving the Millennium Development and Education For All goals in terms of access and quality indicators.