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Jody Cohen

Recent Publications by Jody Cohen


Inquiry: A Case Study of Charter Development

A case study detailing the development of the Inquiry Charter program formed at a Philadelphia comprehensive high school. This school, located in a low-income neighborhood, was one of three selected for intensive restructuring during the…


Learning in the Afternoon: When Teacher Inquiry Meets School Reform

This article, published in Chartering Urban School Reform (Michelle Fine, ed., Teachers’ College Press, 1994) describes the Seminar in Teaching and Learning, a researching community of approximately 35 teachers from Philadelphia high schools who meet…


Girls in the Middle: Working to Succeed in School

Middle schools are in a position to empower girls through educational reforms that directly address issues of gender equity. This study, commissioned by the American Association of University Women Education Foundation, reports on research in…


Taking Stock/Making Change: Focusing on Student Voices at AMY Northwest

Taking Stock/Making Change is a series of reports generated during a collaborative action research project in which self-study teams from five Philadelphia schools sought to connect self-assessment to school restructuring. The five case studies each…


Growing Smaller: Three Tasks in Restructuring Urban High Schools

In this article from Urban Education, the authors offer a framework, derived from five years of research in Philadelphia high schools, to illuminate the vision and labor necessary to make urban high school reform both…


Homegrown Research: A Guide for School Communities

This work is intended to assist school communities in looking at research and in carrying out their own ‘home-grown’ research projects as a school improvement tool. It begins with materials and understandings drawn from two…


Critical Literacy and School Reform: So Much to Do in So Little Time

Student voices have largely been absent from the development of school reform efforts. This essay argues for the inclusion of these voices, noting that youths often have important insights into efforts to improve their schools.…
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Key Projects by Jody Cohen

Taking Stock/Making Change: School District of Philadelphia and the Center for Urban Ethnography, University of Pennsylvania. An Action Research Project

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