"Time for Action:  Stop Teaching to the Test and Start Teaching Skills"
By Scott D. Wurdinger


This book should be read by anyone concerned about the future of education in the U.S.  It was written for students, parents, educators, administrators, and policy makers because it will require effort from all the individuals to create meaningful change in the education system.  To purchase click here


"Assessing What Really Matters in Schools:  Creating Hope for the Future"
by Ronald J. Newell and Mark Van Ryzin; Foreword by Debbie Meier

Since the 1960's, efforts to reform education--including various curricular changes, regarding approaches, teacher preparation methods, funds for the disadvantaged and instructional techniques--have failed to bring about true systemic change because the reforms do not deal with a different view of leaning.  The Hope Study was created to discover whether a radically nontradtional learning environment would achieve more positive results.  In detailing the outcomes of the Hope Study, Assessing What Really Matters in Schools gives hope to innovative and progressive schools and to new and different accountability systems, while changing the conversation from an achievement discourse to a human deveolpment discourse.  To purchase click here.  

"The Coolest School in America: How Small Learning Communities Are Changing Everything"
Edited by Doug Thomas, Walter Enloe, and Ron Newell.

Imagine a school with no classrooms, bells, or textbooks where students work at their own pace, are not graded, and can decide what to study. Have you ever heard of a school where teachers are responsible for the learning program, hiring and retention of personnel, and success of the school? “The Coolest School in America” – How Small Learning Communities are Changing Everything describes the creation and development of learning communities that are changing the conversation about what schools can be and do.  To puchase click here

"Teachers As Owners: A Key to Revitalizing Public Education"
Edited by Edward J. Dirkswager with a foreword by Ted Kolderie, available from the publisher,
Scarecrow Press or from

Teacher ownership is a revolutionary way to put more excitement and meaning into the teaching profession and to revitalize public education. Teachers as Owners: A Key to Revitalizing Public Education demonstrates how being an owner rather than an employee can give teachers control of their professional activity, including full responsibility and accountability for creating and sustaining high-performing learning communities. It presents examples of teacher ownership in practice and provides practical models for those who would like to experience the professional satisfaction found in ownership.  To puchase click here

"Democratic Learning and Leading: Creating Collaborative School Governance"
By Ronald J. Newell and Irving H Buchen. Available from the publisher,
Rowman Education or from

The culture of schooling is not inherently democratic, and a collaborative culture must be cultivated by creating the community, the collective, the consensual, the consultative, and the coaching commitment. Newell and Buchen show how the experience of a group of practitioners has led the way for continual development of collaborative culture. They also discuss the problems and promises of creating and living this collaborative, democratic culture.  To purchase click here.   


"Passion for Learning: How a Project-Based System Meets the Needs of High School Students in the 21st Century "
By Ronald J. Newell. Available from the publisher,
Rowman Education or from

Passion for Learning: How Project-Based Learning Meets the Needs of 21st Century Students explains the theory and practice behind making a project-based system work. Educators, parents, and students who feel oppressed by the current school system or are unsatisfied with their situation; people who are in danger of losing a school to consolidation; and those involved in small school movements in urban areas will want to read this book.  To purchase click here


"The Language of Design"
Defines a new graphic vocabulary that systhesizes learning research with best practice in school planning and design. But it is more than a book about ideas. It is also a practical tool and must-have resource for all school stakeholders involved in planning, designing, and constructing the educational adequacy of existing school facilities.  To purchase contact Mary at the EdVisions Schools office - 507-248-3738 ext 3.   


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