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Owings publishes new textbook, 'American Education: Building a Common Foundation'

William Owings, professor of educational leadership and graduate program director at Old Dominion University, and Leslie Kaplan have recently written a new textbook, titled "American Education: Building a Common Foundation" (Wadsworth Cengage Learning). It is the ninth book or monograph they have written together.

Kaplan is a full-time education writer and retired school administrator in Newport News.

With a focus on the future of American education - and the goals and nature of teaching in a global economy - this forward-thinking text provides teacher candidates with a comprehensive overview of the foundations of modern American schooling. The book's premise is that education in the 21st century must facilitate more complex, deeper and more varied learning that will enable students - and us - to survive and thrive in an ever-changing world.

In presenting traditional topics and important educational issues - including diversity and equity, the accountability movement, effective schools, instructional best practices and alternatives to public schools - the authors cultivate in their readers the very skills and knowledge base that they believe are critical for success in a "flat" world.

With the overarching goal of furthering higher-order thinking, they model the principles of evidence-based practice and the critical-thinking process by examining issues and controversies in depth and presenting supporting research to validate their conclusions.

Owings, who has taught at ODU for eight years, has worked as a public school teacher, an elementary and high school principal, assistant superintendent and superintendent of schools. His books co-authored with Kaplan include "Teacher Quality, Teaching Quality, and School Improvement," "The Effective Schools Movement: History, Analysis, and Application," "American Public School Finance", and others.

They also have co-written articles that have appeared in National Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP) Bulletin, Journal of School Leadership and the Journal for Effective Schools.

Owings serves as editor of Journal for Effective Schools, and is on the editorial advisory board for the Journal of Education Finance. He is a frequent presenter at state and national conferences and a consultant on educational leadership and instructional improvement.

He will be a featured speaker at the American Education Finance Association meeting on March 18, addressing the topic, "The Future of School Finance Litigation: A Discussion of Educational Accountability in the Face of Economic Challenges and Technological Change."

This article was posted on: January 26, 2010

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