No Excuses: Lessons from 21 High-performing, High-poverty Schools

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Heritage Foundation, 2000 - Education - 121 pages
There is no excuse for the failure of most public schools to teach poor children. All children can learn, as the principals and schools profiled in this book have demonstrated. These schools and administrators have overcome the bureaucratic and cultural obstacles that keep low-income children behind in most public schools. The 21 high-performing, high-poverty schools profiled have not succeeded by chance. Their success is the result of hard work, common sense teaching philosophies, and successful leadership strategies that can be replicated. The first part of the book contains discussions of effective practices that have made these schools successful: (1) parental accountability; (2) teacher quality; (3) effective diagnostic testing; (4) emphasis on basic skills; and (5) the effective allocation of funds. The second section contains the profiles of the 21 "no excuses" schools. Four appendixes contain educational reform models, research summaries, titles for further reading, and definitions, methods, and study procedures. (Contains 38 references.) (SLD)

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Samuel Casey Carter wrote "On Purpose" as senior fellow at The Center for Education Reform. Today, he is Senior Vice President for Global Corporate Social Responsibility for Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, a leading global education company committed to addressing education's dynamic challenges through individualized content, innovative technology and a holistic approach that inspires achievement and a lifelong love of learning. He is also Executive Director of the HMH Foundation.Previously, Carter was president of CfBT USA, the United States charity affiliated with CfBT Education Trust headquartered in the United Kingdom, and president of National Heritage Academies, a charter school management company that operates more than sixty public charter schools in eight states, where he oversaw corporate strategy and the implementation of the company s educational operations.Carter is also the author of "No Excuses: Lessons From 21 High-Performing, High-Poverty Schools", a book on the effective practices of high-performing schools that refuse to make poverty an excuse for academic failure. In addition to "No Excuses", Carter has edited three other books including Mary Beth Klee s "Core Virtues", a literature-based character education program for parents and teachers of elementary school students. His articles, essays, and columns have appeared in more than 180 newspapers and magazines, including, "The Wall Street Journal", "Chicago Tribune", "New York Times", "New York Post", "Washington Times", "Los Angeles Times", "Investor's Business Daily", and "Detroit News".After receiving a bachelor degree from St. John s College in Annapolis in philosophy and mathematics, Carter studied theology at Oxford University and philosophy at The Catholic University of America. He lives in Washington, D.

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