"Reinventing Schools is filled with paradigm changing ideas, some of which are radical and some, just good common sense. I recommend that every Superintendent / School Board team read it and get prepared to debate the concepts you agree with and those you don't. Then test your "DNA" for change. School board leadership is required when transformation is at stake, and I know school board members agree that creating a learning culture where all students can fulfill their potential is our ultimate and immediate goal. This book is a powerful resource to help us realize that goal."
-- Dr. Anne L. Bryant, Executive Director Emerita, National School Boards Association
“We collectively lament the fact that the U.S. has been falling behind in global rankings. In Reinventing Schools, the authors focus their attention appropriately on changing the underlying structures of our education system that were built for the Industrial Age and offer a new vision of a wholly different kind of system to meet the needs of the Information Age. As a nation, we have talked and tinkered long enough with piecemeal solutions. It is time to tackle the difficult but necessary challenge of whole system transformation. Reigeluth and Karnopp offer a robust systemic approach through their ‘six core ideas of the Information Age education paradigm’ that can provide us with an overarching vision for aligning the numerous fragmented change efforts underway towards a common goal of building the kind of schools our children deserve and our nation needs.”
-- Dr. Daniel H. Kim, co-founder, Society for Organizational Learning
“This is a most timely book, wonderful in its research-validity and clear message to us all. It is easy to read, very compelling, and an important plan for changing the paradigm in directions sorely needed at all system levels. Dr. Reigeluth and I have been colleagues for a long time and have built our respective models on similar learner-centered principles that are truths about the nature of learning and change. I greatly admire Charlie's skills and know this book will make a huge difference for all our children and ourselves. It brings a needed message of hope in these troubled times.”
-- Barbara L. McCombs, Ph.D., Senior Research Scientist and
Director, Center for Human Motivation, Learning and
Development, Applied Research & Technology Institute,
University of Denver
“There is a systemic crisis in American education. It’s not new. Many know it. Some deny it. Some are blissfully unaware of it. Some don’t want to resolve it because their careers are built around trying to resolve it. Repeated attempts to resolve the crisis have failed and will continue to fail because the approach to resolving the crisis (short-term quick fixes otherwise known as piecemeal change) is outdated and ineffective. Charles Reigeluth – one of the world’s premier experts on transformational paradigm change – and Jennifer Karnopp’s new book offers readers deep insights to the systemic crisis and what to do about it. Their book helps readers to see that the need is great, the time is right, and “whole” school systems must be transformed. This is, therefore, a book that must be in the hands of every policymaker, state superintendent of schools, and school system superintendent who recognizes the crisis and who wants to do something about it.”
-- Francis M. Duffy, Professor of Public Administration, Gallaudet University
"Finally we have the blueprint to fundament-ally recreate our nation’s public education system. Charles Reigeluth and Jennifer Karnopp have put together in this book the essential elements and a clear process to bring about the needed change in our public education delivery system. Reinventing Schools will be the most talked about book for those who are serious about creating a new educational system. Well written and thought out and very timely."
-- Phillip Harris, Ed.D., Executive Director Association
for Educational Communications & Technology
“In Reinventing Schools, Reigeluth and Karnopp not only make a compelling and insightful case for the transformation of public education, they chart the course, providing detailed guidance and vivid examples for educational practitioners, students, parents, and policy makers. This is essential reading for all who are concerned about America's future.”
-- Scott Thompson, Assistant Executive Director of Panasonic Foundation and author of Leading From the Eye of the Storm:
Spirituality and Public School Improvement.