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City Schools: How Districts and Communities Can Create Smart Education Systems


reviewed by Novella Z. Keith - November 20, 2007

coverTitle: City Schools: How Districts and Communities Can Create Smart Education Systems
Author(s): Robert Rothman (Ed.)
Publisher: Harvard University Press, Cambridge
ISBN: 1891792415, Pages: 245, Year: 2007
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City Schools is one of a small number of hopeful books about reforming urban education, and this itself would make it worth reading.  It has much more in store, however.  True to the mission of the Annenberg Institute for School Reform, on whose work it is centered, the book is ambitious and even visionary, and yet manages to keep its feet on the ground and its focus firmly on a search for policies and practices that hold the promise of quality education for all children, especially those who live in urban poverty. City Schools is about reaching for both equity and excellence.   We know how to transform single schools and improve learning for some students.  We know what successful after-school and youth-development programs look like.  What we don’t know very well is how to scale up, think big and spark achievement in a whole urban system that is marked by... (preview truncated at 150 words.)


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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record, Date Published: November 20, 2007
https://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 14782, Date Accessed: 4/1/2020 4:33:51 AM

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  • Novella Keith
    Temple University
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    NOVELLA ZETT KEITH is an associate professor of Urban Education at Temple University. Her research and scholarly interests are in democratic practices across difference, especially involving school-community partnerships, public-private networks, and community service learning in urban settings. She is currently working on a book tentatively titled “Becoming Partners: Working and Learning Across the Divide.”
 
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