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Reimagining Education Reform and Innovation


Edited By Matthew Lynch

Reimagining Education Reform and Innovation provides scholars and laymen with an assortment of theoretical and practical perspectives for questioning contemporary practices and forging new methods of education reform and innovation. This volume is the leading collection of contemporary essays by the major thinkers in the field of education reform and innovation. Carefully attentive to both theory and practice, this is the definitive source for learning about education reform and innovation, while also enhancing the existing literature.
This book attempts to move the field to the next phase of its evolution and provides the U.S. K-12 system with the tools that it will need to return to its former preeminence. Reimagining Education Reform and Innovation generates a corpus of new and original scholarship that significantly examines the field of education reform and innovation broadly conceived. Each chapter examines one or more of the critical topics that are missing from or underrepresented in the extant literature. The various chapters of this book integrate into their analyses the conceptual, political, pedagogical, and practical histories, tensions, and resources that have established education reform and innovation as one of the most vital and growing movements within the field of education. A central tenet of this project is that we need to make visible the multiple perspectives and theoretical frames that currently drive
work in the field.
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Matthew Lynch is an award winning writer, activist and the Chairman of the Department of Elementary/Special Education and an Associate Professor of Education at Langston University. He spent seven years as a K-12 teacher – an experience that gave him an intimate view of the challenges facing genuine education reform. Before assuming his position at Langston, Dr. Lynch spent three years as an Assistant Professor of Education and Director of Secondary and Social Studies Programs at Widener University. Dr. Lynch’s articles and op eds appear regularly in the Huffington Post, Diverse: Issues in Higher Education, Education Week, and Education World. He’s also written numerous peer-reviewed articles, which have appeared in academic journals such as AASA Journal of Scholarship & Practice, International Journal of Progressive Education, Academic Leadership Journal, and others. In addition, he has authored and edited a number of books on school reform and school leadership. Please visit his website at for more information.

Patrick R. Potyondy is a doctoral candidate at the Ohio State Department of History. He specializes in the history of urban policy and education in the United States. His dissertation examines the rise and fall of urban public institutions between 1940 and 1990. The project analyzes the intersections between evolving public housing policies, the civil rights movement, competing ← 175 | 176 → memories of that era, and the challenges facing public historians seeking to memorialize the time period.

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