At a time when so many pivotal education issues are closely tied to the performance of schools and NCLB policy, Schools That Work provides critical insight into elementary schools and how these must change if they are to meet the increased demands of education for the 21st century.

In response to the increased pressure on teachers to develop high levels of reading and writing proficiency for ALL students, renowned authors Dick Allington and Pat Cunningham continue their commitment to foster expert teaching in every classroom. The Third Edition of Schools That Work builds from this emphasis on developing the expertise of classroom teachers to a dynamic analysis of systematic school reform that encompasses virtually all areas of elementary school organization and planning. With its goal of turning readers into educated, informed decision-makers, Allington and Cunningham provide a clear and concise introduction that offers a strong focus on the basic theories of school reform and includes an organizational framework to accomplish this goal.

Often praised as the most accessible, readable and practical book, while grounded in proven practices and current research, Schools That Work describes the critical features of school organization plans at the elementary level (e.g., professional roles, organization of time, curriculum, student assessment, professional development, and parental involvement) that can support or impede developing more effective educational settings.

Perfect for those who are preparing to be elementary principals, those serving on elementary school leadership teams and those preparing to be reading supervisors, reading coaches, reading specialists, and elementary education supervisors.