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Creating the Schools Our Children Need: Why What We're Doing Now Won't Help Much (And What We Can Do Instead) Paperback – March 29, 2018

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Creating the Schools Our Children Need deserves your immediate attention. --Robert Pondiscio, Thomas B. Fordham Institute

Creating the Schools Our Children Need is a signal work. Amid all of the words and all of the theory, this volume tells what will pay off now. Read, enjoy, profit. --Daniel T. Willingham, Professor of Psychology, University of Virginia

Wiliam masterfully convinces readers of the errors in the 'competitive selection' model, and provides much-needed context to the way that many use international comparisons as a cudgel against US schools. --Jason McKenna, Director of Educational Strategy, Robomatter

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Improving education in America is hard, because it doesn't have an education system...It has 13,491 of them.

Dr. Dylan Wiliam is the world's foremost authority on formative assessment and has worked for years to improve the state of education in the US and abroad. Through his experience teaching in classrooms, leading schools, and directing research, Dr. Wiliam has found there is no simple solution to school improvement that works in every classroom every timebut there are district-wide measures that can improve the odds of success.

In Creating the Schools Our Children Need, Dr. Wiliam breaks down the methods American schools use to improve, and the gaps between what research tells us works and what we actually do. Dr. Wiliam analyzes the three real, implementable improvements that are proven to be factors in school success:

  • Building a curriculum focused on developing knowledge
  • Supporting a culture where every teacher improves
  • Applying a framework for evaluating new district initiatives
Solutions to the problem of improving education for our children require each school district to make smart decisions about what will make the most difference in their district. In order to create the schools our children need, district leaders must understand why what we're doing right now really won't help much, and critically, what we can do instead.

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