School Power: Implications of an Intervention Project

By James P. Comer

The Free Press, A Division of Simon and Schuster, New York, 1995

First published in 1980 and now considered a classic, School Power was the first book to demonstrate the positive effect of applying powerful psychological, social, and institutional forces of the performance of administrators, teachers, parents, and students. It shows how a university, a public school system, and parents worked together to move problem schools to an exceptional level of social and academic achievement.

Reissued with a new preface and epilogue and a foreword by Marian Wright Edelman, School Power describes in detail the way that educators can use the knowledge of social and behavioral science, and education to overcome underachievement, student disengagement, low self-esteem, and discipline problems.