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Book Reviews for Simply Better: Doing What Matters Most to Change the Odds for Student Success
"Goodwin's efforts show, and the result is a concise, clear, and engaging text for both administrators and teacher-leaders. Although not meant to be a step-by-step process for overhauling a school or district, the book is full of practical, pertinent, and deceptively simple principles for educators to change the odds for students." —Jeff Mann, English teacher, Indianapolis, Ind. "Simply Better: Doing What Matters Most to Change the Odds for Student Success exposes the elephant in the room that educators will not acknowledge—the enormous accumulation of education research that has had negligible impact on student achievement. Author Bryan Goodwin, vice president of communications and marketing at Mid-continent Research for Education and Learning, distills and condenses complex and often contradictory research findings into a manageable course of action. . . . The groundwork Goodwin presents in each chapter is straight forward and compelling." —Jim Frenck, retired associate professor of teacher education,Roberts Wesleyan College, Rochester, N.Y.Reprinted with permission from the August 2012 issue of School Administratormagazine, published by the American Association of School Administrators.
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