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School Reform From the Inside Out: Policy, Practice, and Performance

In School Reform From the Inside Out, Richard Elmore tackles issues ranging from teacher development to testing to "failing" schools. The essays in this book embody a particular stance that is expressed by the thesis that "the problems of the system are the problems of the smallest unit." As Elmore aptly notes, successful school reform begins "from the inside out" with teachers, administrators, and school staff, not with external mandates or standards. This collection of essays is intended for any school leader, education reformer, policymaker, or citizen interested in the forces that promote real school change.


Elmore, R. (2004). School reform from the inside out: Policy, Practice, and Performance. Harvard Education Press.

Publication Date

May 2004


Harvard Education Press