A Fragile Enterprise recounts true stories the front lines of the struggle between the entitled few and the marginalized many in America’s public schools. In this book, you'll learn about the national narrative of education from the viewpoint of students and their families. You'll discover:
Nancy Brigham has been engaged in education research and program evaluations for 35 years. A Fragile Enterprise is based on thousands of interviews, hundreds of classroom observations and first-hand experience in failing schools that strive to serve struggling students.
Section One: Students and Families
Chapter One: How Students Experience School
Chapter Two: Addressing School Violence Through Student Connectedness
Chapter Three: Jeremy: A Boy on a Tightrope
Chapter Four: Family Connections: How Important?
Section Two: Teachers and Instruction
Chapter Five: The Best Teachers
Chapter Six: Professional Development: Large Investment, Limited Results
Chapter Seven: Angels of Special Education
Chapter Eight: Who Destroyed Co-Teaching at Hanover Middle School?
Chapter Nine: Adult Basic Education: A Program in the Shadows
Section Three: Schools In Need
Chapter Ten: Failing Schools, Faulty Solutions
Chapter Eleven: How Useful are External Interventions?
Section Four: Testing and Evaluation
Chapter Twelve: The National Obsession with Testing Students
Chapter Thirteen: Do it Yourself Evaluations
Section Five: Summary and Conclusions
Chapter 14: Conclusion
Appendix: Tool Box