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Schools That Work

Schools That Work

Where All Children Read and Write
3rd Edition

Richard Allington, Patricia Cunningham

Apr 2006, Paperback, 352 pages
ISBN13: 9780205456352
ISBN10: 0205456359
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At a time when so many pivotal education issues are closely tied to the performance of schools and NCLB policy, Schools That Work provides critical insight into how elementary schools must change to meet the increased demands of education for the 21st century.

Praised as the most accessible, readable and practical book on the market, Schools That Work combines renowned authors Dick Allington and Pat Cunningham’s expertise as educators with continuing commitment to foster expert teaching in the classroom. Their dynamic analysis of systematic school reform encompasses virtually all areas of elementary school organization. With the goal of turning readers into educated, informed decision-makers, Allington and Cunningham provide a clear and concise introduction to theories of school reform and include an organizational framework to accomplish this goal.

This new edition offers:

  • A view of how schools must change if they are to meet the increased demands of education for the 21st century.
  • Updated, expanded coverage of recent federal and state initiatives to help teachers address the problems of struggling readers and writers.
  • A variety of activities for taking stock of the educational effort in school.
  • New coverage of reading coaches.

1.The Schools We Have – What We Must Change.

2. The Stories of Schools Where All Children Become Readers and Writers.

3. What Do We Now Know About Reading and Writing?

4. TheWhat of Reading: The Reading Curriculum.

5. Who Does What?

6. Time: Minutes, Hours, Days, Weeks, Years.

7. Tests, Assessments, and Report Cards.

8. Professional Development: The Key to Change.

9. Family Involvement.

10. Schools That Work for All Children.

11. A Tour Through a School: What to Look For.

12. Getting Started.

  • Discusses exemplary efforts in real elementary schools across the country.
  • Offers a variety of activities for taking stock of the educational effort in schools.
  • Includes information on where to obtain specific materials that will support changing schools for the better – even providing toll-free telephone numbers and Website addresses.
  • Provides snapshots and portraits of schools that work better for all children in Chapters 2 & 10.
  • Discussion on what has been learned from studies of school change and teacher development has been added to help teachers understand that no single strategy will work in every location.
  • Information and examples are included in every chapter to guide teachers in developing their own vision of what their school might become.

Richard L. Allington is a Professor of Education at the University of Tennessee at Knoxville. He is past president of the International Reading Association and the National Reading Conference, co-recipient of the Albert J. Harris Award, and a member of the Reading Hall of Fame. Dick has extensively researched effective teaching and how schools can develop effective, expert teachers.

Patricia M. Cunningham is a Professor of Education at Wake Forest University. She has over 30 years of experience, taught in various elementary grades and remedial reading, and was a curriculum coordinator and director of reading. Her major professional goal is promoting literacy for all children and currently engages in staff development across the United States.