Looking for rays of sunshine amidst an educational landscape that has taken a particularly horrific beating in the last decade or two is a difficult – maybe quixotic – undertaking.

Author Biography

Gil Schmerler is director of the Leadership for Educational Change program at Bank Street College. He has been a teacher, administrator, staff developer, and new school designer in K-12 schools in NJ, MD, NY, and RI. His recent work and writing have focused on teacher leadership, small schools, and constructivist teacher supervision. He is co-author with Mary Anne Raywid of Not So Easy Going: The Policy Environments of Small Urban Schools and Schools-within-Schools (2003), and editor of Teacher Leaders: Transforming Schools from the Inside (2009).



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