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Doc: The story of Dennis Littky

reviewed by June Canty - 2006

coverTitle: Doc: The story of Dennis Littky
Author(s): Susan Kammeraad-Campbell
Publisher: Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development, Alexandria, VA
ISBN: 1416602283, Pages: 419, Year: 2005
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This book chronicles the experiences of Dennis Littky, an educational reformer, as he boldly reshaped a high school in a small, conservative town in New Hampshire.  It’s a well-written book that reads like a novel and provides a powerful case study about educational reform, the experience of a progressive educator, and the realities of the change process. Dennis Littky moved to Winchester, New Hampshire in 1978, following spectacular success in creating a new, extremely progressive middle school on Long Island, New York.  He was viewed as a rising star in educational reform and had attracted much attention to the school and to himself.  Following that success he took time off, moved to a rustic cabin in New Hampshire, and decided to decompress and try out the lifestyle of a “mountain man.”  Winchester was an economically depressed town, and the schools, particularly the high school, were reputed to be ineffective and poorly... (preview truncated at 150 words.)

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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record Volume 108 Number 1, 2006, p. 1-3
https://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 12071, Date Accessed: 6/6/2020 3:46:49 AM

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  • June Canty
    Washington State University
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    JUNE CANTY is Professor and Director of Education Programs at Washington State University in Vancouver, Washington. She holds an Ed.D. in Higher Education from the University of Washington, a M.Ed. in History and Philosophy of Education from Wayne State University, and a B.S. in Music Education from Oakland University. Her areas of research include rural education, teacher education, and legal issues surrounding admissions and dismissal decisions in professional programs. Her current research focuses on the effects of standardized testing requirements on teacher education program applicants, particularly minority candidates.
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