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(2012) A Place for Me in the World: People Talk About the Work They Love. Boston, MA: 826 Boston. (profiles written by Mission Hill middle school students)

Knoester, M. (2012). Democratic education in practice: Inside the Mission Hill School. Teachers College Press

Knoester, M. (2012). Critical multicultural education in Boston. In M. Knoester (Ed.), International struggles for critical democratic education (pp. 69-89). New York: Lang, Peter.

Lappe, F. M. (2005). Democracy’s Edge: Jossey-Bass. (Includes a chapter on Central Park East Secondary School)

Graff, G. (2003). Deborah Meier’s progressive traditionalism. In Clueless in Academe (pp. 261-274): Yale University Press. (After most of the book critiques what is wrong with American schooling, he uses Deborah Meier’s ideas and schools as an example of how it could be done right)

Bensman, D. (2000). Central Park East and its graduates: Learning by heart. New York: Teachers College Press.

Darling-Hammond, L., Ancess, J., & Falk, B. (1995). Graduation by Potfolio in Central park East Secondary School. In Authentic Assessment in Action (pp. 21-82): Teachers College Press.

Lappe, F. M., & Du Bois, P. M. (1994). The quickening of America: Jossey-Bass.

Seller, M. S. (1994). Women Educators in the United States, 1820-1993: A Bio-Bibliographical Sourcebook: Greenwood Press. (Includes a biographical sketch of Deborah Meier)

Darling-Hammond, L., & Ancess, J. (1993). The Development of Authentic Assessment at Central Park East Secondary School. In L. Darling-Hammond (Ed.), Creating Learner-Centered Accountability: NCREST.

Faust, M. A. (1993). “It’s Not a Perfect World”: Defining Success and Failure at Central Park East Secondary School. In R. Donmoyer & R. Kos (Eds.), At-Risk Students: Portraits, Policies, Programs, and Practices: State University of New York Press.

Schmoker, M. J., & Wilson, R. B. (1993). Total Quality Education: Profiles of Schools That Demonstrate the Power of Deming’s Management Principles: Phi Delta Kappa. (Includes a profile of CPESS)

Wood, G. (1992). Schools that work: America’s most innovative public education programs. New York: Plume. (Uses several schools, including CPESS, to illustrate the most effective innovations in education)

Shekerjian, D. (1990). Taking on Risk. In Uncommon Genius: How Great Ideas Are Born (pp. 16-24): Penguin Books.

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ARTICLES (Chronological)

Tyner-Mullings, A. R. (2012). Central Park East secondary school: Teacher and learning throiugh freire. Schools: Studies in Education, 9(2), 227-245.

(2006). Deborah Meier. Current Biography, 67(5), 70–75.

Capellaro, C. (2006). Conversations on quality: An interview with Deborah Meier. Rethinking Schools, 20(2), 23.

Jehlen, A. (2006). A conversation with Deborah Meier. NEA Today, 24(5).

Cavallo, J. (2005, February). All Aboard. Edutopia.

Molloy, J. (2004). From Students to Citizens and Workers: An Interview with Deborah Meier. Leverage Points (53).

Wadsworth, D., Nathan, J., Hess, F. M., et al. (2003). Conversations along the Road. American School Board Journal, 190(9), 22-25.

Ruenzel , D. (2002, August). Interview: The ‘Show Me’ Educator. Teacher, 14, 47.

Sacks, P. (2002, Nov 18). A nation at risk [Review of the book: In schools we trust]. The Nation, 275, 30; 32-24.

Bogen, M. (2001). The Power that Comes from Real Standards: An Interview with Deborah Meier. Reclaiming Children and Youth, 10(1), 50-53.

(2000, June 12).Do tests hurt poor kids? Newsweek, 79.

Mayher, B. (1998, Spring). A school for these times schools for times to come. Inspire, 30-36.

Deborah Meier: Democracy in Action. (1997). New Leaders for Tomorrow’s Schools, 4(1).

Campbell, Kimberly (1997). Celebrating “Conscious, Deliberate Thoughtfulness”: An Interview with Deborah Meier. Teacher Research 5(1).

Interview with Deborah Meier. (1997). Techniques: Making Education and Career Connections, 72(2), 30-35.

(1995, October). Smaller, freer, better. Univeristy of Chicago Magazine.

Smith, H. (1995, June 11). This school teaches real life. Parade, 8.

(1995, January 30). The 100 smartest New Yorkers.New York Magazine.

Fliegel, S. (1994, Winter). Debbie Meier and the dawn of Central Park East [electronic version]. City Journal.

Scherer, M. (1994). On schools where students want to be: A conversation with Deborah Meier. Educational Leadership, 52(1), 4-8.

Clinchy, E. (1992). An Urban High School in the “Kindergarten Tradition”: Alternative Concept Schooling at Central Park East Secondary School in New York City. Equity and Choice, 8(3), 24-30.

Kirp, D. (1992, November). What school choice really means. Atlantic Monthly, 119-132.

Chittenden, E., & Wallace, V. (1991). Reforming School Assessment Practices: The Case of Central Park East. Planning and Changing, 22(3-4), 141-146.

Goldberg, M. F. (1990-1). Portrait of Deborah Meier. Educational Leadership, 48(4), 26-28.

Brownstein, R., & Easton, N. J. (1990, November 11). Where is Mr. Smith now that we need him?: Ten
Americans who should run for office. Los Angeles Times Magazine, 13-20, 38-19, 42-46.

Kirp, D. (1989, January). Education: The movie. Mother Jones, 36-45.

Ayers, W. (1988). The “Long Trip”: An Exploration of Progressive Public Schools. Teaching Education, 2(2), 88-93.

Ravitch, D., & Meier, D. W. (1984, Spring). A debate on education. Dissent, 223-228.

Mayher, B. (1978, Spring). A school for these times schools for times to come. Inspire, 30-36.

Berlin, M. J. (1977, Nov 9). Where kids & teachers have made it work. New York Post Magazine.

Exploring the Reading Test Mystique: An Interview with Deborah Meier. (1973). Reading Newsreport, 7(5), 4-6,8,40.

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Mathews, J. (2008, October 17). Five great educators who make a difference. Washington Post. (html)

Educator agent for change. (2004, Sep 26). Boston Globe.

Mathews, J. (2004, Feb 17). Seeking alternatives to standardized testing. Washington Post. (pdf)

Carter, S. (2004, February 2). Creating great small schools takes commitment, expert says. The Oregonian, p. B.01.

Winerip, M. (2003, June 11). Going for depth instead of prep. New York Times. (html)

Vaishnav, A. (2002, Oct 27). Principal of charter school says one size does not fit all. Boston Globe.

Mathews, J. (2002, October 15). Star educator decries emphasis on testing. Washington Post, p. A9. (pdf)

Paulson, A. (2002, September 17). A plea to trust schools – not just tests: Interview with Deborah Meier, longtime educator and reform advocate. The Christian Science Monitor, p. 14. (html)

Gross, J. (2002, September 3). Public lives: A skeptical and distant eye on the schools. New York Times, p. B2.

(2001, September 2). Principal airs views on education. Boston Globe, p. B8.

Lupo, A. (2001, June 3). It’s time for liberals to follow conservatives’ game plan. Boston Globe, p. 2.

Cohen, M. (2000, July 30). 7th-graders reach out to community. Boston Globe.

Simon, P. (1999, December 20). Making it work: The push for charter schools can spawn educational innovation. Buffalo News, p. A1.

Sege, I. (1999, January 13). Learning verve: Educator Deborah Meier fights the standardization mentality in her innovative Roxbury pilot school. Boston Globe.

Daley, B. (1998, November 24). Coalition says MCAS confusing, ineffective. Boston Globe.

Wasserman, J. (1997, October 21). A high mark in Harlem freestyle formula is cited as on of the best. New York Daily News, p. 5.

Cohen, M. (1997, September 28). Mission Hill school’s curiculum: Inclusion, democracy respect. Boston Globe.

Vogt, T. (1997, March 19). New York model gives educators, teachers the tools of choice. Columbian, p. 1.

Gamble, C. (1996, October 16). Meier Submits Proposal To Run Boston Pilot School. Christian Science Monitor. (html)

Steinbert, J. (1996, October 5). Innovative educator is leaving New York. New York Times, p. 11(N) 27(L).

Avenoso, K. (1996, September 20). City to get new pilot-school, proposals trend called sign of improving system. Boston Globe.

Avenoso, K. (1996, July 4). Reformer eyes Boston for a new pilot school. Boston Globe.

Cary, L. (1995, May 7). Higher Expectations [Review of the Book: The power of their ideas]. New York Times Book Review, p. 34.

Cohen, M. (1995, May 14). New York educator promotes small schools. Boston Globe, p. 84.

Hart, J. (1994, October 28). Pilot schools may put Boston at the head of class in reform. Boston Globe.

Mathews, J. (1994, September 12). The teacher who threw away the book. Washington Post. (pdf)

Richardson, L. (1994, September 7). Taking change from classroom to central office. New York Times, p. A17(N) B11(L).

(1993, December 1). New York city teens make good at model high school. Plains Dealer, p. 7C.

Chira, S. (1992, Aug 10). Harlem’s witness for the chancellor. New York Times, p. B3. (pdf)

(1990, November 15). A haven from violence.Boston Globe.

Raspberry, W. (1989, May 19). ‘Wilding’: A principal’s view. Washington Post, p. A27.

Cohen, M. (1989, March 10). In East Harlem, a school of choice. Boston Globe.

Howe, P. (1989, March 11). Flynn tours N.Y. school as model of choice plan. Boston Globe.

Foster, C. (1987, October 30). Prestige prize for a principal: MacArthur grant honors Deborah Meier and her innovative school. Christian Science Monitor.

(1987, June 24). Teacher Wins $335,000 ‘Genius’ Award. Christian Science Monitor. (html)

Perlez, J. (1987, v136). A Harlem school stresses the basics. New York Times, p. 42(L).

Hechinger, F. M. (1987, July 7). The short life of the success story. New York Times, p. 16(N) C19(L).

Teltsch, K. (1987, June 16). An East Harlem learning citadel where openness rules. New York Times, p. 14(N) B18(L).

Teltsch, K. (1987, June 16). MacArthur awards of $150,000 to $375,000 go to “outstandingly talented” 32. New York Times, p. 14(N) B18(L).

Connell, C. (1986, September 6). 33 named to Carnegie unit on standards for teachers. Boston Globe.

Henderson, K. (1986, April 18). Restructuring education at a Harlem school. Christian Science Monitor.

Crossman, E. (1979, Nov 11). Not your ordinary school lunch: Lunch is learning at CPE. The Westsider.

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Lieberman, A. (1996). Visit to a small school (trying to do big things): A guide to Central Park East Secondary School. New York: NCREST, Teachers College.

Nathan, J., Power, J., & Bruce, M. (1995). Deserved, Defensible Diplomas: Lessons from High Schools with Competency-Based Graduation Requirements (Report). Minnesota: Center for School Change, Hubert H. Humphrey Inst. of Public Affairs, University of Minnesota.

Darling-Hammond, L., & Ancess, J. (1994). Graduation by Portfolio at Central Park East Secondary School. New York: NCREST. (pdf)

Fitzgerald, L. M., & And Others. (1994, April 4-8). Intersubjectivity in Home-School Partnerships in Two Inner-City School Settings. Paper presented at the American Educational Research Association, New Orleans, LA.

Valhouli, J. N. (1994). The Senior Year in the High School Curriculum (report): Columbia Univ., Esther A. and Joseph Klingenstein Center for Independent School Education. (pdf)

Snyder, J., Lieberman, A., MacDonald, M. B., & Goodwin, A. L. (1992). Makers of Meaning in a Learning-Centered School: A Case Study of Central Park East 1 Elementary School: NCREST. Teachers College. (pdf)

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WEB REFERENCES (Chronological)

Boyte, H. (2001). Education for Democracy: Interview with Deborah Meier. Center for Democracy and Leadership. Retrieved 10-5, 2004, from

(2001) School: The Story of American Public Education: Innovators: Deborah Meier. PBS. (html)

TC Booktalk: Deborah Meier. (2002, 11/1/2002). Teachers College. (html)

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Review of There Schools Belong to You and Me

Cartwright, A. (2018, February 8) Teachers College Record. ID Number: 22267

Reviews of Keeping School (With Ted and Nancy Sizer)

Davidson, J. (2004). [Review of the book: Keeping School]. Horace, 20(4). Web Edition (html)

Hartocollis, A. (2004). [Review of the book: Keeping school]. The New York Times, p. 4A 34.

Dodd, A. (2005). [Review of the book: Keeping School]. Teacher College Record, 107(11).

Leary, W. J. (2005, Jan). [Review of the book: Keeping School]. School Administrator Web Edition. (html)

Reviews of Many Children Left Behind (Edited with George Wood)

Cavanna, A. P. (2005). [review of the Book Many Children Left Behind]. TCRecord.

Davidson, J. (2004, Fall). [Review of the book Many Children Left Behind]. Horace, 20. (html)

[Review of the book Many Children Left Behind]. (2004, October). Teacher, 16, 51. (html)

[Review of the book Many Children Left Behind]. (2004, September). NoChildLeft, 2. (html)

Reviews of In Schools We Trust

Brown, B. (2002). [Review of the book: In Schools We Trust]. Educational Technology & Society, 5(4). (pdf)

Davidson, J. (2002). [Review of the book: In Schools We Trust]. Horace, 19(1). (html)

Fege, A. F. (2003). [Review of the book: In schools we trust]. Educational Leadership, 60(6), 90–91. (html)

Gallagher, T. (2003, August 27). [Review of the book: In schools we trust, and others]. San Francisco Bay Guardian. (pdf)

Hunt, B. G. (2004). The power of trust [Review of the book: In schools we trust] Schools: Studies in Education, 1(1). (pdf)

Stellar, A. (2003). [Review of the book: In schools we trust]. School Administrator.

Temes, P. (2002, August 4). [Review of the book: In schools we trust]. New York Times, p. ED10(L) ED10(N).

Reviews of Will Standards Save Public Education (Edited)

Lorts, J. E. (2001). [Review of the book: Will standards save public education]. School Administrator.

Magid, C., & Larosa-Waters, N. (2000, November). Raising the standard of education [Review of the book Will Standards Save Public Education]. A Call to Resist Illegitimate Authority, 9. (html)

Miner, B. (2000, August). [Review of the book: Will standards save public education]. The Progressive.

Ruenzel , D. (2000, August). [Review of the Book will Standards Save Public Education]. Teacher. (html)

Reviews of The Power of Their Ideas

Featherstone, J. (1995, June 19). Democratic vistas [Review of the book: The power of their ideas]. The Nation, 890-893.

Graff, G. (1996, May 27). Is progressive education growing up? [Review of the book: The power of their ideas]. In These Times, 30-31.

Kirsch, J. (1995). An argument in favor of the public education system [Review of the book: The power of their ideas]. Los Angeles Times.

McLemee, S. (1995, April 2). [Review of the book: The Power of Their Ideas]. Washington Post, p. ER6.

Mezzacappa. (1995, July 15). How small environments make big success [Review of the book: The power of their ideas]. Boston Globe.

Oder, N. (1995, March 20). Facing violence, remaking schools [Review of the book: The power of their ideas]. Publishers Weekly.

Sizer, T. (1995, May/June). [Review of the book: The Power of Their Ideas]. Teacher Magazine. (html)

Spencer, J. (1995, July 30). Success in East Harlem [Review of the book: The Power of Their Ideas]. St. Louis Post-Dispatch, p. 5C.

Traub, J. (1995, July 17). It’s elementary [Review of the book: The power of their ideas]. The New Yorker.

Reviews of High School II (Documentary on CPESS by Frederick Weisman )

James, C. (1994, July 6). Returning to school, 25 years later [Review of the film High School II]. New York Times.

Klawans, S. (1994, July 25 / August 1). [Review of the film High School II]. The Nation. (pdf)

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