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Battling the Student Engagement Front

Fresh Tactics in a Tortured Turnaround Struggle
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ISBN-13:
9781610487559
Veröffentl:
2014
Seiten:
200
Autor:
Justin A. Collins
eBook Typ:
Adobe Digital Editions
Kopierschutz:
Adobe DRM [Hard-DRM]
Sprache:
Englisch
Beschreibung:

This book sought to explore whether school funding practices satisfy the equity and adequacy standards delineated by policymakers and judges, and demanded by the broader public. A funding formula myopia, the book argues, has left student engagement largely overlooked. It comes as no surprise, therefore, that vast funding enhancements have introduced disappointing outcomes results. The book argues the front of the classroom must become and remain the epicenter of reform activity: and that transforming instructional and engagement behaviors are effort-intensive endeavors that very little in pecuniary terms.
The school finance debate has profoundly shaped the educational reform landscape over the past four decades. Most conspicuously, judges level billion dollar decrees based on scant and conflicting findings. This book sought to explore whether school funding practices satisfy the equity and adequacy standards delineated by policymakers and judges, and demanded by the broader public. A funding formula myopia, the book argues, has left student engagement largely overlooked. It comes as no surprise, therefore, that vast funding enhancements have introduced disappointing outcomes results. The book argues the front of the classroom must become and remain the epicenter of reform activity: and that transforming instructional and engagement behaviors are effort-intensive endeavors that very little in pecuniary terms. In the end, an eye on the student engagement/pedagogical ball over the long run will deliver the results that cash infusions simply cannot. The book concludes by documenting how educational leaders can go about driving such desirable learning/instructional behaviors, and the quantified test score gains that can be expected to follow.

Foreword


Preface


Acknowledgments


1: Grand Promises, Austere Means


Survival of the Fittest


Large Returns on Large Investments


The Economic Bedrock


It’s Raining Outside


The Funding Maze


Fixing Broken Schools by Fixing Broken Finance Systems?


2: The Fairness of the Playing Field: Funding Equity and Adequacy


Passion Finds the Classroom


Taking a Look Under the Finance Hood


Big Four Funding Practices


Kentucky and Ohio Revisited


3: Robe Policymaking


Slaying the Messenger


Bench Players


Swirling Sociological Winds


The Jurisprudential Crystal Ball


4: Changing Schools Through Changed Pedagogy


What’s Going Through Teachers’ Minds


What Money Can’t Buy


The Instructional Practices Inventory Described


Understanding Not Just the Machinery, But the Underlying Processes


Surveys Showing the Promise of Change


Appreciating Building-Level Differences in Numerical Terms


Reform Mechanics by the Numbers : How Excellent Schools Do It


5: Spare the Flying Cars


Prepare for Takeoff


Gaping Disparities


If It’s Not Broken, Fix It?


The Power of One


Options in the Accountability Age


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