The first edition of How Schools Change chronicled the efforts of three very different high schools to improve teaching and learning in the early 1990's. Now, in a new second edition, Wagner concisely summarizes the decade-long history of education reform efforts and revisits the three communities at the beginning of a new century.
Tony Wagner is Co-Director of the recently created Change Leadership Group at the Harvard University Graduate School of Education. He also chairs the Harvard Seminar on Public Engagement and consults to numerous school districts and foundations, in the United States and internationally. He is currently senior consultant to the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. Prior to assuming his current position at Harvard, Tony was a classroom teacher for twelve years, a school principal, a project director for the Public Agenda Foundation, a university professor in teacher education.
"In school reform, three careful case studies are worth 300 reports from blue-ribbon commissions. In How Schools Change, Tony Wagner portrays the trials and the triumphs of three schools engages in reinventing themselves." -- Howard Gardner, author of Creating Minds "Vivid and compelling... A provocative work that argues for a better understanding of the change process before we head off on some new fad."
"Tony Wagner's fresh look at his three subject institutions in How Schools Change reveals sober and useful insights into contemporary educational reform. We must pay close attention to Wagner's conclusions." -- Theodore R. Sizer, Chairman of the Coalition of Essential Schools