Reform Can Make A Difference

Paperback (Print)
Buy New
Buy New from
Used and New from Other Sellers
Used and New from Other Sellers
from $32.15
Usually ships in 1-2 business days
(Save 8%)
Other sellers (Paperback)
  • All (7) from $32.15   
  • New (6) from $32.15   
  • Used (1) from $42.09   


Public education in the United States does not fulfill either the educational needs or the social needs of children. Its deficiencies have serious negative consequences in our political system, our economy, and within our social and cultural affairs. We must seek to improve education through research, policy analysis, and the development of alternatives to existing policies and practices. Educational reform should include promoting greater parental choice in education, a competitive educational industry, and other policies that address the problems of both public and private schools. The ultimate goal is improved student achievement, especially in our nation's cities, where large numbers of students, are not reaching the levels of achievement they need in order to live successful lives as adults. This book explores some of the unique characteristics of school reform and focuses on the role of poverty in reform, including the negative effects of low-income neighborhoods on the youth who reside there, concluding that reducing poverty can lead to more positive academic behavior and success. Reform Can Make a Difference enables readers to look at different reform programs that are available for schools and determine which model, if any, will fit their needs. The book assists schools in designing their own reform model that will help address issues students and families have with public schools.

Read More Show Less

Editorial Reviews

Quintin Pettigrew
Leiding has had extensive experience as an educator and realizes the profound effect education has on students as well as on the greater society. Because of her experience with parents, students, the legal system, school boards, teachers, administrators, and other stakeholders, her depth of understanding demonstrates her ability to take an in-depth view of education in America. Leiding understands the relationship of all the various elements that interact when trying to create the changes necessary to help schools become more effective. Her book provides an historical perspective and also raises some provocative questions when dealing with school reform. She ultimately raises such fundamental questions as 'What is school?' and 'What is its purpose?' These questions are certainly not new; they continue to be asked. Leiding explores the issues of conflicting expectations and agendas which complicate the reform necessary for education to keep pace with a changing world. This book will help educators, policy makers, and parents better understand the dilemmas facing education in the twenty-first century.
Mona Stegeman
Darlene Leiding discusses the necessity for renewal of academic traditions in our schools. Our school districts have been overwhelmed by political and social upheavals in our society. Educators need to reform the academic traditions in mathematics, science, and language skills. Leiding has identified distractions which have impeded reform in our school districts. As a marketer of academically rigorous middle and high school textbooks, I highly recommend this book.
Jane Deeming
Darlene Leiding's books reflect her vast experiences in both public and private education in our country. Her recommendations emphasize real-world solutions, as well as research-based solutions, to the problems that plague our schools today. It is refreshing to find an author who so clearly perceives the nature of the disease in the current educational systems rather than just the symptoms of their dysfunction. In Reform Can Make a Difference, Leiding has the courage to propose the type of educational reform that will provide our children with greater opportunities for personal success in the ever-changing, competitive twenty-first century.
CHOICE, June 2010 - J. L. DeVitis
Leiding presents various ways to tackle complicated issues in school reform
Darryl Duke Gibson
Myriad children-because of socioeconomic, intrapersonal, and interpersonal challenges and differentiated learning styles, aptitudes, attitudes, and interests-just don't fit in the traditional system. Consequently, they are unable to develop or otherwise bring to fruition skills, abilities, and talents that are simply denied expression through traditional schools. Alternative educational programs and schools, such as the ones referenced in Leiding's book-and especially those that incorporate music as a fundamental element in their philosophy-are indeed viable options. In these alternative environments, these children's spoken word can replicate their written word; their music can model their math; their rap can reflect their reading; their hip-hop can confirm their history; their language can legitimize their learning. If they can make it relevant, they can make it real. These students do not need to have read Frost to appreciate the difference made by 'the road less traveled.'
Read More Show Less

Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781607094074
  • Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
  • Publication date: 10/16/2009
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 182
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Darlene Leiding is an expert in the realm of charter schools and alternative education and has created an elementary and high school alternative program. She is currently a special education facilitator and PM program coordinator at High School for Recording Arts, working with inner-city, African American students.

Read More Show Less

Customer Reviews

Be the first to write a review
( 0 )
Rating Distribution

5 Star


4 Star


3 Star


2 Star


1 Star


Your Rating:

Your Name: Create a Pen Name or

Barnes & Review Rules

Our reader reviews allow you to share your comments on titles you liked, or didn't, with others. By submitting an online review, you are representing to Barnes & that all information contained in your review is original and accurate in all respects, and that the submission of such content by you and the posting of such content by Barnes & does not and will not violate the rights of any third party. Please follow the rules below to help ensure that your review can be posted.

Reviews by Our Customers Under the Age of 13

We highly value and respect everyone's opinion concerning the titles we offer. However, we cannot allow persons under the age of 13 to have accounts at or to post customer reviews. Please see our Terms of Use for more details.

What to exclude from your review:

Please do not write about reviews, commentary, or information posted on the product page. If you see any errors in the information on the product page, please send us an email.

Reviews should not contain any of the following:

  • - HTML tags, profanity, obscenities, vulgarities, or comments that defame anyone
  • - Time-sensitive information such as tour dates, signings, lectures, etc.
  • - Single-word reviews. Other people will read your review to discover why you liked or didn't like the title. Be descriptive.
  • - Comments focusing on the author or that may ruin the ending for others
  • - Phone numbers, addresses, URLs
  • - Pricing and availability information or alternative ordering information
  • - Advertisements or commercial solicitation


  • - By submitting a review, you grant to Barnes & and its sublicensees the royalty-free, perpetual, irrevocable right and license to use the review in accordance with the Barnes & Terms of Use.
  • - Barnes & reserves the right not to post any review -- particularly those that do not follow the terms and conditions of these Rules. Barnes & also reserves the right to remove any review at any time without notice.
  • - See Terms of Use for other conditions and disclaimers.
Search for Products You'd Like to Recommend

Recommend other products that relate to your review. Just search for them below and share!

Create a Pen Name

Your Pen Name is your unique identity on It will appear on the reviews you write and other website activities. Your Pen Name cannot be edited, changed or deleted once submitted.

Your Pen Name can be any combination of alphanumeric characters (plus - and _), and must be at least two characters long.

Continue Anonymously

    If you find inappropriate content, please report it to Barnes & Noble
    Why is this product inappropriate?
    Comments (optional)