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Making Our High Schools Better

Making Our High Schools Better

How Parents and Teachers Can Work Together

Anne Wescott Dodd and Jean L. Konzal

St. Martin's Griffin

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Making Our High Schools Better examines how the differing perspectives of parents and teachers can be understood and negotiated to improve high schools. Even though reformers argue that parents must become more involved with schools, most parents of high school students remain outside the schoolhouse doors. Teachers, who view themselves as experts on teaching and learning, often see parents as problems or critics and are happy to keep them at a distance. This groundbreaking book uses in-depth interviews with teachers and parents to give faces and voices to both sides of the conflict, explaining why parents and teachers should work together to help all children learn.

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“... most remarkable in that it simultaneously gives us insights into the small picture at the level of individual parents, and links these to the big picture of the role of schools in a democratic society . . .well worth reading.” —Michael G. Fullan, Dean of the Faculty of Education, Toronto University

“The authors...make a strong case for the imperative to involve everyone--parents, educators, civic leaders, students too--in a commitment to understand how best to engage the opportunities of a new century. The text is a handbook for those who dare to break out of familiar structures--especially when those patterns are not working--a potential antidote to frustration and misunderstanding. It offers solutions for those who would rather act than complain. It points out exactly what we can do, which is a refreshing change from the incessant expose of what we supposedly cannot.” —Tampa Tribune News

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About the author

Anne Wescott Dodd and Jean L. Konzal

Anne Westcott Dodd is the chair of the Education Department at Bates College in Lewiston, Maine.

Jean L. Konzal is an assistant professor in the Department of Elementary and Early Childhood Education at The College of New Jersey in Ewing, New Jersey.

Anne Wescott Dodd

Anne Wescott Dodd

Jean L. Konzal

Jean L. Konzal

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