Schooling for Change: Reinventing Education for Early Adolescents

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Schooling for Change is based on extensive international research which looks at how schools in general, and secondary schools in particular, have been selling our young people short. Drawing on this rich grounding of research but written in an accessible and provocative way, this book explores the possibilities for better schooling for early adolescents. The book includes thoughtful and practical discussions of school cultures that promote positive change in young people; systems of support that weave care into the very fabric of teaching and learning; information about organizational structures that foster good teaching and learning; curriculum frameworks that guide teachers without cramping them; and suggestions for alternative assessment strategies that recognize many intelligences and many forms of achievement.

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About the author (1996)

Lorna M.Earl is a director of Aporia Consulting Ltd. and a retired associate professor from the Department of Theory and Policy Studies at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education of the University of Toronto. She was the first director of assessment for the Ontario Education Quality and Accountability Office, and she as been a researcher and research director in school districts for over 20 years. Throughout her career, Earl has concentrated her efforts on policy and program evaluations as a vehicle to enhance learning for pupils and for organizations. She has done extensive work in the areas of literacy and the middle years, but has concentrated her efforts on issues related to evaluation of large-scale reform and assessment (large-scale and classroom) in many venues around the world. She has worked extensively in schools and school boards, and has been involved in consultation, research, and staff development with teachers' organizations, ministries of education, school districts, and charitable foundations. Earl holds a doctorate in epidemiology and biostatistics, as well as degrees in education and psychology.

Ryan is a graduate of the University of South Florida and University of Miami Law School. He is a former Miami Dade County Fire Lieutenant, has practiced law, developed real estate, and been a saloon owner. At present, he works at an Intrawest ski resort.