Creating a Climate for Change: Essential Schools in Louisville: Examines how one large urban-suburban school district, under a reform-minded superintendent, encouraged schools and staff to explore new ideas and practices. Download PDF
Behavior in a Thoughtful School: The Principle of Decency: Looks at how the climate in two Essential schools affects both teachers and students and identifies characteristics of a decent school; includes one school's model for student decision making. Download PDF
Breaking the Barriers to Change: A Fall Forum Special Report: Presents strategies offered by Essential school practitioners in workshops dealing with curriculum, assessment, heterogeneous grouping, leadership, and resistant teachers.
Practice into Theory: Teachers Coaching Teachers: Introduces a practice-based approach to professional development in which teachers coach one another to achieve classroom and school change. Download PDF
Are Advisory Groups Essential? What Do They Do, How Do They Work?: Describes the powerful role that advisory groups can play in personalizing students' educational experiences and improving the tone of a school; includes suggestions on organizing advisory groups. Download PDF