As a school ethnography, this book explores the controversial schooling practices and strategies embedded in charter school management organizations (CMOs), as well as how these practices influence teaching and learning, school leadership, teachers’ professional identities, and students’ understanding of success. By theorizing the common practices within the organization, Stahl connects current research in neoliberal governance, neoliberal structuring of educational policy, aspiration and social reproduction in schooling. Honing in on the discourse on education reform, Stahl demonstrates that a "unique blend" of neoliberalism and social justice values have permeated the CMO’s institutional culture, promoting the belief that adopting corporate practices will fix America’s schools and ensure equity of opportunity for all. The inclusion of institutional texts (emails, Blackberry messages, posters, and rubrics) balances the personal-subjective and inter-subjective to capture a blend of neoliberalism and social justice reframing.
List of Figures
Chapter 1: Introduction
Chapter 2: School ethnography, school effects and schooling in neoliberal times
Chapter 3: Charter schools, the reform movement and CMOs
Chapter 4: Corporatization, CMOs and the "unique blend"
Chapter 5: Leadership
Chapter 6: Teachers
Chapter 7: Students
Chapter 8: Assessment
Chapter 9: Reflections
Appendix A – Qualities of Exemplary Teaching (QET) Deliverables Rubric