For the better part of a decade Karin Chenoweth has worked with The Education Trust, a national education advocacy organization that has worked to move the national conversation away from the question of whether schools can educate all children to how they can. Chenoweth has grounded Ed Trust’s argument that all children can achieve academic success in the experience of real schools that are both excellent and equitable. Her books It's Being Done: Academic Success in Unexpected Schools (Harvard Education Press, 2007) andHow It's Being Done established the common characteristics of and common processes of high-performing and rapidly improving schools where significant percentages of students are students of color or live in poverty. Her third book,Getting It Done: Leading Academic Success in Unexpected Schools (Harvard Education Press, 2011), which she co-authored with Ed Trust’s research director Christina Theokas, was a systematic look at the beliefs and practices of the leaders of such schools. Together the books document the ways in which expert educators ensure that all their students—even those burdened by poverty and discrimination—are educated at high levels.
Read Karin Chenoweth's speech Learning from Unexpected Schools that was delivered October 11, 2013 at the CREATE Conference 2013 in Atlanta, Georgia.