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The Achievable Dream: College Board Lessons on Creating Great Schools Hardcover – June 19, 2012


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  • Hardcover: 200 pages
  • Publisher: College Board (June 19, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0874479991
  • ISBN-13: 978-0874479997
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 5.9 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.5 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #779,882 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Gaston Caperton is a former two-term governor of West Virginia and a lifelong advocate for excellence in education. He has served as president of the College Board since 1999 and will step down in June 2012. Over the past decade, Caperton has transformed the College Board from an assessment company into a mission-driven, values-based organization and a leading voice in the national dialogue on education. His work on behalf of students, teachers andschools has been recognized with numerous awards, including 10 honorary doctoral degrees.

Richard Whitmire, a veteran newspaper reporter and former editorial writer at USA Today, is the author of The Bee Eater: Michelle Rhee Takes on the Nation’s Worst School District (Jossey-Bass, 2011). He is also the author of Why Boys Fail: Saving Our Sons from an Educational System That’s Leaving Them Behind (Amacom, 2010). Whitmire’s commentaries appear frequently in publications including The Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal and USA Today. Whitmire is a former president of the National Education Writers Association. In 2009, he was the Project Journalist for the Broad Prize for Urban Education.


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I'm a former editorial writer for USA Today with a long career covering three things: local issues at several newspapers in upstate New York, the Pentagon (after arriving in Washington) and then education. Defense issues, in contrast to education problems, were relatively clean and straight-forward.

Of all the education issues I've written about, the boys dilemma may be the most perplexing. The conventional wisdom at the time, that girls were having a hard time in school, turned out to be false, and my research into the issue turned into Why Boys Fail.

Former DC schools chancellor Michelle Rhee wrote the foreword for Why Boys Fail, and soon after the book came out I approached her about cooperating for a biography. After a lengthy deliberation -- for Rhee, national publicity has often backfired -- she agreed, giving a green light for me to talk to her family, friends and work associates. The result is The Bee Eater.

Next I wrote a book with the College Board about which school districts and school leaders were doing the best job educating low-income students: Achieving the Dream. One chapter in that book was about Rocketship charter schools, which led to the current book I'm working on, On The Rocketship, which is about high performing charter schools trying to reach more students now attending lousy schools. On The Rocketship will be released in June, 2014.




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There always seems to be an excuse for failing schools--poverty, uncaring perents, distracted teachers, dogmatic administrators. This book shows that there is no excuse. And it shares specific examples of success in the face of difficulty. Read it. Share it.
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By Ellen H. on July 17, 2012
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The true stories of achievement in this book are what moved me the most. Very touching and inspiring, this is not just a few theories but a blueprint for improving our schools. Following the examples of the schools profiled in the book, we see that it is possible to turn our schools around. I'm enjoying this read and look forward to putting these lessons into practice.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Don m on July 2, 2012
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If every school principal, teacher and - dare I say - legislator would read this book, perhaps more students across the country could realize their full potential for success. As the father of a child about to enter the New York City public school system, I can only pray that my child encounters the type of visionary educators found in The Achievable Dream.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By bunny g on June 28, 2012
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very well researched book and easy to read- which many books on subjects as detailed as this are not. this book makes an important contribution to the upgrading of education in our country.
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