At any time, public schools labor under great economic, political, and social pressures that make it difficult to create large-scale,
'whole school' change. But current top-down mandates require that schools close achievement gaps while teaching more problem
solving, inquiry, and research skills_with fewer resources. Failure to meet test-based standards can produce consequences
such as school closure or staff replacement. With this real-world challenge to education foremost, this book presents pertinent
research and instructive case studies of two 'good' high schools. It advocates a proven strategy of small-scale, incremental
change_small wins_which increases the likelihood that schools will improve despite a climate of 'do more with less.' Chapters
describe the current societal context; the history of major change projects since the 1970s; the organizational and social
characteristics of schools and classrooms; human factors that encourage and support improvement; the effects of technology;
forces affecting teachers and principals; commonplace components of and vehicles for change; and practical 'levers and footings'
for change that can have a high positive payoff.