The Center for Public School Renewal

Index to Recommended Readings


The books and articles listed here share certain themes or ideas with those articulated elsewhere in this website (see A Professional Perspective on Teacher-Led Schools). However, none of the authors listed below have specifically endorsed CPSR's concept of Teacher-Led Schools.

Readings are divided into three categories based on the essential freedoms that are critical to worthwhile education reform. Two of these freedoms–parents' freedom to choose schools and citizens' freedom to know what schools accomplish–are already well supported in education literature, and so we list only a few especially pertinent articles.

The third category of readings – those that support one or another aspect of teachers' freedom to teach – is much larger. As several writers have indicated, teacher's freedom to teach is a need not well understood. We choose to champion it.

Comments for each recommendation were written by the CPSR president. They are listed alphabetically within each category or subcategory. Some readings probably could be placed in more than one category. We make no claim that the list is either complete or exhaustive. Recommendations for additions to the list are welcome.



I. Teachers - Free To Teach

A. The Nature and Importance of Teacher Leadership
B. The Value of School Based Reform
C. Barriers to Teacher Leadership

II. Parents - Free to Choose

III. Citizens - Free to Know


I. Teachers - Free To Teach

A. The Nature and Importance of Teacher Leadership

____________. "Survey on Rules, Regulations and Mandates." Teacher Choice Section, Alexis de Tocqueville Institution website (www.adti.net) , 7/10/2000.

_____________. The 2000/2001 Bessie F. Gabbard Initiative on Leadership. Phi Delta Kappan, September, 2000, pg. 8 ff.

Barth, Roland S. Improving Schools From Within. Jossey Bass Publishers, San Francisco, CA, 1990.

Barth, Roland S. "Teacher Leader." Phi Delta Kappan. February, 2001, pg. 443.

Buchen, Irving H. "A Radical Vision For Education." The Futurist, May, 2000, pg.30.

Cohen, Rosetta Marantz. "Schools Our Teachers Deserve: A Proposal for Teacher-Centered Reform." Phi Delta Kappan, March, 2002, pg. 532.

DeRoche, Tim. "Why Vouchers?" Education Week, 6/6/2001, p. 37

Fox, Jeannine L. "Organizational Structures and Perceived Cultures of Community-Charter Schools." Phi Delta Kappan, March, 2002, pg. 525.

Jervis, Kathe. "Pre-Crafted Reform?" Education Week. June 12, 1996

Johnson, Susan Moore. "Can Professional Certification For Teachers Reshape Teaching as a Career?" Phi Delta Kappan, January, 2001, pg 393.

McGhan. Barry. "A Fundamental Education Reform: Teacher-Led Schools." Phi Delta Kappan, March 2002, pg. 538.

Olson, Lynn. "Leadership By Teachers Gains Notice." Education Week, 5/9/07, v. 26, no. 36, pg 1.

Starnes, Bobby Ann. "On Dark Times, Parallel Universes, and Deja Vu." Phi Delta Kappan, October, 2000, pg. 108.

Stevenson, Harold and Stigler, James. The Learning Gap: Why Our Schools are Failing and What We Can Learn From Japanese and Chinese Education. New York: Summit Books, 1992.

Tyack, David and Cuban, Larry. Tinkering Toward Utopia: A Century of Public School Reform. Harvard University Press, 1995.

Wagner, Tony. "Leadership for Learning: An Action Theory of School Change." Phi Delta Kappan, January, 2001, pg. 378.

B. The Value of School Based Reform

___________, The Teachers We Need and How to Get More of Them. Washington: Thomas B. Fordham Foundation, 1999

Archer, Jeff. "Tools of the Trade." Education Week, 2/27/2002, pg. 30.

Barnes, Nancy. "Teachers Teaching Teachers." Education Week, 1/19/2000, pg. 38.

Blair, Julie. "Doing It Their Way: Teachers Make All Decisions at Cooperative Venture." Education Week, 3/27/2002, pg. 1.

Boles, Katherine C. and Troen, Vivian. "America's New Teachers: How Good, and for How Long?" Education Week, 2/2/2000, pg. 39.

Manna, Philip. "Hooked on A Feeling." Education Week, November 17, 1999.

Ouchi, William G. et. al. "The Organization of Primary and Secondary School Systems." The Anderson School of Management, UCLA, 9/26/02.

Schmoker, Mike. "Planning For Failure?" Education Week, February 12, 2003.

Schmoker, Mike & Richard Allington. "The Gift of Bleak Research." Education Week, 5/16/07, v. 26, no.37

Schug, Mark C. and Western, Richard D. "Deregulating Teacher Training in Wisconsin." Wisconsin Policy Research Institute. Volume 10, number 4. July, 1997.

Stigler, James and Hiebert, James. The Teaching Gap: Best Ideas from the World's Teachers for Improving Education in the Classroom. New York: Free Press, September, 1999.

Wise, Arthur E and Levine, Marsha. "The 10-Step Solution." Education Week, 2/27/2002, pg. 56.

Wohlstetter, Priscilla and Mohrman, Susan Albers. "School-Based Management: Promise and Process." CPRE Finance Brief, December, 1994.

C. Barriers to Teacher Leadership

Arey, Kelly. "When Standardization Replaces Innovation." Education Week, 5/8/2002, pg. 32.

Baker, Mike. "Accountability vs. Autonomy." Education Week, 10/31/2001, pg. 48.

Buchen, Irving H. "The Myth of School Leadership." Education Week, 5/31/2000. pg. 35.

Buchen, Irving H. "Change Overload." Education Week, 12/12/2001, pg. 35

Cohn, Carl A. "Empowering Those at the Bottom Beats Punishing Them From the Top." Education Week, 4/25/07, v. 26, no. 34, pg.32.

Harshbarger, Bill. "The Respect Quotient." Education Week, 9/29/99, pg. 33.

Harshbarger, Bill. "Principals as Paladins." Education Week, 7/6/2000, pg. 35

Lederhouse, Jillian N. "‘Show Me the Power'" Education Week, June 13, 2001, p. 36.

Oakes, Jeannie (with Karen Hunter Quartz, Steve Ryan, and Martin Lipton). "Civic Virtue and the Reform Mill." Education Week, February 23, 2000.

II. Parents - Free to Choose

Bomotti, Sally. "Why Do Parents Choose Alternative Schools?" Educational Leadership, October, 1996, pg. 30.

Hill, Paul, with Pierce, Lawrence, and Guthrie, James. Reinventing Public Education. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1997.

Petronio, Maureen Allenberg. "The Choices Parents Make." Educational Leadership. October, 1996, pg. 33.

Tyack, David. "School Choice, Yes--But What Kind?" The American Prospect, no. 42, January-February, 1999.

Wells, Amy Stuart, et. al. "Charter Schools as Postmodern Paradox: Rethinking Social Stratification in an Age of Deregulated School Choice." Harvard Educational Review. Summer, 1999.

III. Citizens - Free to Know

________, Closing the Achievement Gaps: Using Data to Drive Action; Closing the Achievement Gaps: Collecting and Analyzing Your School's Data. Parent Leadership Associates, 2003. (www.plassociates.org)

________, School Evaluation Services. Standard and Poors, Ongoing. (www.ses.standardandpoors.com)

Finn, Chester, Bruno V. Manno, and Gregg Vanourek. "Accountability Via Transparency." Education Week, 4/26/2000.

Finn, Chester. "Can State Standards and Market-Based Reforms Be Reconciled?" The Education Gadfly, 4/25/2002.



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