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Getting to Excellent: How to Create Better Schools


reviewed by J. Winfield Green — 2005

coverTitle: Getting to Excellent: How to Create Better Schools
Author(s): Judith A. Langer
Publisher: Teachers College Press, New York
ISBN: 0807744735, Pages: 129, Year: 2004
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What criteria do school administrators and teachers use to evaluate for excellence? Better yet, do educators want to know the ingredients of an excellent school? Judith Langer’s book, Getting to Excellent: How to Create Better Schools, answers one of the most perplexing questions in the era of educational restructuring, “What makes some schools particularly successful and other, comparable ones less so” (p. 107)? As one will soon recognize, this is a must read for all educators, parents, and community members who desire to impact their schools.   What makes this book a cut above the rest is the research-based approach. The appendix describes the action research model used by the author to conduct her study. Her research took place over a five-year period with 25 schools, 44 teachers, 88 classes, and some 2,000 students selected to participate (p. 108).   Langer provides the reader with an assessment tool at the end of Chapters 2 through 6 to determine if a school is more or less effective. Chapter 2 addresses... (preview truncated at 150 words.)


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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record Volume 107 Number 2, 2005, p. 300-303
http://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 11384, Date Accessed: 12/12/2017 4:59:05 AM

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