Both in and out of schools, people are experiencing a loss of community. In this book, Thomas J. Sergiovanni explains why a sense of community is so vital to the success of any school and shows teachers, parents, and administrators what they can do to rebuild it. Filled with case studies and other school examples, Building Community in Schools provides the necessary intellectual framework for understanding the need to create communities that are inclusive, meaningful, and democratic.
"Sergiovanni documents cases of schools that have successfullyreinvented themselves in order to establish a sense of 'community'as the foundation for all curriculum and instruction decisions. . .. Teachers, administrators, teacher educators, and communitiesseeking advice and motivation for restructuring schools for the21st century would be well advised to consult this work."--Choice
"Provides the practitioner with both a theoretical blueprint withwhich to build learning communities and a rich supply of benchmarkillustrations to use as prototypes. . . . Thought-provoking andchallenging." --NASSP Bulletin
"Sergiovanni is the leading writer in pushing us deeper and deepertoward understanding and creating a 'community of learners.'"--Michael Fullan, dean of education, University of Toronto
"Sergiovanni does not just extol the virtues of educationalcommunities. Through rich and vivid portraits, he conveys what theyare like and how we might create them." --Howard Gardner, professorof education and co-director of Project Zero, Harvard University
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