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Achieving College Dreams


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Rhona S. Weinstein is Professor Emerita of Psychology at the University of California, Berkeley. Dr. Weinstein's research focuses on the multilayered dynamics of expectations, self-fulfilling prophecies, educational equity, and school reform. Author of the book Reaching Higher: The Power of Expectations in Schooling (2002), she is the recipient of numerous awards for contributions to science, teaching, and educational reform. Frank C. Worrell is Professor of Education at the University of California, Berkeley, where he directs the School Psychology Program. He also serves as Faculty Director of the Academic Talent Development Program and the California College Preparatory Academy. Dr. Worrell is the Editor of the Review of Educational Research (through 2016), and studies psychosocial and sociocultural factors related to educational and psychological functioning and the translation of research findings into school-based practice.


If we are to solve the manifold problems of public schools, higher education can no longer hold itself aloof and just skim off the top. Achieving College Dreams tells the story of Cal Berkeley's efforts to partner and help, asking the hard questions, assessing what works and doesn't, and learning along the way, in the best spirit of public service. Let's hope more of higher education is inspired by this to roll up its sleeves." * Anthony Marx, President, New York Public Library; former President of Amherst College *
Weinstein and Worrell take us inside the development and evolution of CAL Prep by focusing on expanding the opportunities for the education and socio-emotional development of low-income, under-represented secondary school students. They weave together diverse voices, data sets, theory and research into a volume that is compelling and engaging. The volume is of vital interest to practitioners, academics, policy makers, and laymen alike." * Edward Seidman, Professor of Applied Psychology, Steinhardt School of Culture, Education and Development, New York University *
Achieving College Dreams is an honest and powerful story of a university committed to creating a high school that embodies equity and excellence. It tells a sometimes heartwarming, sometimes painful story of the trials and triumphs of a school in the making. The book's value comes in part from the authors' willingness to share, along with their success, what did not work and the lessons learned. I recommend it to anyone interested in connecting research and theory to practice, university-community partnerships, designing new schools, or school reform more generally." * Deborah Stipek, Judith Koch Professor of Education, Graduate School of Education, Stanford University *
Achieving College Dreams presents a clarion call to colleges and universities to engage their local schools and communities for mutual benefit, along with a roster of strategies for overcoming the daunting obstacles and challenges for creating an excellent and equitable educational environment for poorly served students." * Hugh Mehan, Professor Emeritus of Sociology, The Center for Research on Educational Equity, Access, and Teaching Excellence (CREATE), University of California, San Diego *
The story of the California College Preparatory Academy captures the commitment of a great university, a handful of dedicated professors and educators, and a charter school organization to pave the road to college for underserved youth. I am left to wonder why other universities have failed to follow suit and use their intellectual and material resources to promote college readiness." * Daniel L. Duke, Professor, Curry School of Education, University of Virginia *

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