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  • Paperback: 220 pages
  • Publisher: Harvard Education Press (September 8, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1934742287
  • ISBN-13: 978-1934742280
  • Product Dimensions: 0.5 x 5.8 x 8.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #313,516 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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If ever there were a book on education that should be read, it is certainly this one…Chenoweth shows us what it takes to beat the odds against adversity and improve student learning and achievement in schools serving disadvantaged children. --from the foreword by Pedro Noguera, New York University

The schools in How It's Being Done exhibit the same hopeful pattern for successful schooling: teachers and leaders who formulate and then actually teach to clear, essential standards; who shun worksheets and movies and who work together to ensure that all students are taught effectively every day, regardless of who their teacher is. This (all too rare) combination cannot fail. --Mike Schmoker, author of Results NOW: How We Can Achieve Unprecedented Improvements in Teaching and Learning

About the Author

Karin Chenoweth is a long-time education writer who currently writes for The Education Trust. From 1999 to 2004 she wrote a column on schools and education for The Washington Post, and before that was senior writer and executive editor of Black Issues in Higher Education (now Diverse).

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Karin Chenoweth is author of How It's Being Done: Urgent Lessons from Unexpected Schools (Harvard Education Press, 2009), which examines in detail how eight high-poverty and high-minority schools have achieved academic success. It also examines how Massachusetts has become the highest achieving state in the nation. Chenoweth's earlier work includes It's Being Done: Academic Success in Unexpected Schools (Harvard Education Press, 2007). Chenoweth is a long-time reporter and education writer who has written for such publications as American Educator, American Teacher, and Education Week, as well as The Washington Post, where for five years she wrote a weekly column on schools and education. Prior to that she was senior writer and executive editor of Black Issues In Higher Education (now Diverse). Originally from New York and New Jersey, she now lives in Silver Spring, Maryland, where she was an active parent volunteer throughout her children's school careers in Montgomery County Public Schools.


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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Veronica J. Hinton on October 16, 2009
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By examining schools where students succeed seemingly against the odds, Chenoweth finds key elements that contribute to a good education. She shows us that students can - and will - achieve high academic goals when teachers and administrators work together to teach to clearly set standards. These are lessons that need to be heeded. Chenoweth's clear writing style leaves one wondering. "why isn't this done more often?" Clearly, it should be. This book should be recommended reading for educators, policy makers and anyone interested in quality education for our children.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on December 20, 2009
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Karin Chenoweth's book gives us a pathway for improving regular public schools at scale. Earlier this year I was the "project journalist" for the Broad Prize for Urban Education. That experience -- looking at entire urban school districts that were succeeding with poor and minority students -- was a reminder of the importance of keeping a focus on improving traditional public schools. Too often I get distracted by the high-flying charter schools and forget about the need for scale. Karin doesn't forget.

Richard Whitmire, author, Why Boys Fail.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Thomas E. Ricks on September 12, 2009
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This is a terrific book. It and its predecessor are essential reading for anyone you know involved in education. Considering giving it to your school principal for Christmas.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By SteveL on January 23, 2012
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In "How It's Being Done" Karin Chenoweth tells a set of critically important tales of success in environments where few believe that success is possible. The chapters serve as powerful case studies for discussion and action in underperforming schools and powerfully debunk the range of excuses so often made for this underperformance. The bottom line is that the book's conclusion serves as a practical to-do list for turning school around - not easy, not quick, but certainly doable.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Ellen B. Obrien on October 11, 2009
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As a former substitute teacher who stood before many different classes wondering "What can I offer them?" I wish that Chenoweth's book had been around. Her many years observing and writing about education are a valuable resource. Her books can have a significant impact on how we teach -- that's why that student is smiling.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Eric Hinton on October 8, 2009
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Karin Chenoweth's "How It's Being Done" is readable, understandable, and, most importantly, highly informative about American education and what needs to be done to address its problems. One wonders why the field of observinig and analyzing education is so densely populated with writers who have none of these qualities and indeed who tend to obfuscate the important issues at stake. This book is fundamentally different. Chenoweth lays bare not only the crucial issues we face in education, but also how, in America, there are schools and even states that are addressing them with clarity, intelligence, and success and even in a way that can serve as models. The stakes are high. The figures about America's poor performance in education --- especially for its minority population --- are startling. Read this book to find the research and analysis that should become a standard for the profession.
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