The Field Guide to Comer Schools in Action


Edited by Edward T. Joyner, James P. Comer, and Michael Ben-Avie.
A three-book set in slipcase.
Corwin Press, Thousand Oaks, CA 2004.

This three-book collection offers a comprehensive guide to developmentally appropriate education and school leadership as pioneered by James Comer and the Yale School Development Program. Based on and expanded from field-tested training materials, it is filled with ideas and guidelines for action that integrate theory and practice.


Three separate volumes cover school planning, leadership, and management, including an approach to systemic reform; curriculum, instruction, assessment, and staff development; and child development along physical, cognitive, psychological, language, social, and ethical pathways.


Individual Titles:

  • Six Pathways to Healthy Child Development and Academic Success
  • Transforming School Leadership and Management to Support Student Learning and Development
  • Dynamic Instructional Leadership to Support Student Learning and Development


Meets the "highest standard of evidence" for comprehensive school reforms that improve student achievement.

—Review of Educational Research, 2003