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We Know what to do, so why do we Fail?

We know what to do, so why do we fail?

The problem is not that we do not know enough—it is that we do not do what we already know.

—Schmoker (2005, p. 148)

At seven in the morning, school district superintendents, directors of instruction, professors of educational leadership, and other educational leaders have gathered on the campus of San Diego State University (SDSU) in San Diego, California. The purpose for the meeting is to brainstorm ways that the Educational Leadership Department at SDSU can assist school districts in their efforts to improve student learning. The room is buzzing with friendly exchanges.

A weary-eyed professor at the far end of the table offers a conversation starter: “Much research ...

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