Currently, I am Professor Emeritus of Education at Stanford University. I was a high school social studies teacher (14 years), district superintendent (7 years) and university professor (20 years). I have published op-ed pieces, scholarly articles and books on classroom teaching, history of school reform, how policy gets translated into practice, and teacher and student use of technologies in K-12 and college.
My most recent research projects have been a study of school reform in Austin (TX) 1954-2009 and of a large comprehensive high school in Mapleton (CO) being converted into several small ones between 2001-2009. The Austin book, As Good As It Gets, and the Mapleton study entitled Against the Odds (with co-authors Gary Lichtenstein, Arthur Evenchik, Martin Tombari, and Kristen Pozzoboni) were published in early 2010. Jane David and I have just finished a second edition of Cutting through the Hype that was published in late 2010.
Since then, I have completed a two-year study of a high school where teachers and students have had 1:1 laptops since 2004. I have written vignettes of teachers and other aspects of the study and posted them from time to time on this blog. Those blog posts and other reform-driven efforts to alter how schools work and how teachers teach (e.g., curriculum changes, and the accountability movement) have been published in 2013 as Inside the Black Box of Classroom Practice: Change without Reform in American Education.
Coming out in 2016 will be a study of how I taught history over 50 years ago in Cleveland and Washington, D.C. and then returned to those very same high schools to study how teachers taught history in 2013-2014. “Teaching History Then and Now: A Story of Stability and Change in Schools” will appear next year.