The Influence of Teachers: Reflections on Teaching and Leadership

Last Updated: June 02, 2011

The Influence of Teachers: Reflections on Teaching and LeadershipHow can schools and teachers change to keep up with the current educational landscape, a world in which young people must learn how to ask the right questions, not merely parrot back the 'right' answers?

In this urgent and insightful book, John Merrow draws on his experience as a reporter for PBS and NPR to examine this question and others, and offer possibilities and solutions for a new education system.

Told through warm storytelling and compelling case studies, Merrow paints a vibrant and inspiring picture of why and how we must transform — not reform — our schools.

All proceeds from the sale of this book go directly to Learning Matters, a 501(c)(3) non-profit production company that makes its videos available for personal viewing and classroom use, free of charge.

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Praise for The Influence of Teachers

"Anyone seriously interested in school reform should read this book."
Christopher Cerf, co-creator, Between the Lions (PBS), & 2010 McGraw Prize in Education recipient

"'Must' reading for policymakers and practitioners alike."
— Tony Wagner, Innovation Education Fellow, Technology & Entrepreneurship Center at Harvard, and author of The Global Achievement Gap 

"Invaluable for anyone concerned about children and the future of American education."
— Marian Wright Edelman, President, Children's Defense Fund