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Research and Resources

The design of Compass Community Collaborative School involved extensive research collected from successful and innovative school programs from across the United States. The following resources provide insight and evidence about what makes Compass work so well for students.

Research and Resources Informing the Development of Compass Community Collaborative School:

Berger, W. (2014). A More Beautiful Question: The Power of Inquiry to Spark Breakthrough Ideas. New York: Bloomsbury USA.

Dewey, J. (1916). Democracy and Education: An Introduction to the Philosophy of Education. New York: Free Press.

Drapeau, P. (2014). Sparking Student Creativity: Practical Ways to Promote Innovative Thinking and Problem Solving. Alexandria, Virginia: ASCD.

Dweck, C. (2006). Mindset: The New Psychology of Success. New York: Random House.

Feinberg, C. (2015). The Science of Scarcity. Harvard Magazine.

Giedd, J. N. (2015). The Amazing Teen Brain. Scientific American Magazine.

Gregory, G. H. & Kaufeldt, M. (2015). The Motivated Brain: Improving Student Attention, Engagement, and Perseverance. ASCD.

Hargreaves, A. & Fullan, M. (2012). Professional Capital: Transforming Teaching in Every School. New York: Columbia University Teachers College.

Heath, D. & Heath, C. (2007). Made to Stick: Why Some Ideas Survive and Others Die. New York: Random House.

Heath, D. & Heath, C. (2010). Switch: How to Change Things When Change is Hard. New York: Random House.

Heath, D. & Heath, C. (2013). Decisive: How to Make Better Choices in Life and Work. New York: Random House.

Henry, T. (2013). The Accidental Creative: How to be Brilliant at a Moment’s Notice. New York: Penguin Group.

Kirshner, B. (2015). Youth Activism in an Era of Education Inequality. New York: University Press.

Kleinberg, T. G. (2012). Think Sideways: A Game-Changing Playbook for Disruptive Thinking. Generally Thinking Publishing.

Laloux, F. (2014). Reinventing Organizations: A Guide to Creating Organizations Inspired by the Next Stage of Human Consciousness. Brussels, Belgium: Nelson Parker.

Mahatmya, D., Brown, R., & Johnson, A.D. (2014) Student as Client in Kappan Vol 95, number 6. pg. 30-34.

Muhammad, A. (2015). Overcoming the Achievement Gap Trap: Liberating Mindsets to Effect Change. Bloomington IN: Solution Tree Press.

Nagaoka, J, (2015). Foundations for Young Adult Success: A Developmental Framework. University of Chicago Consortium on Chicago School Research.

Pink, D. (2009). Drive: The Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us. New York: Penguin Group.

Pink, D. (2005). A Whole New Mind: Why Right-Brainers will Rule the Future. New York: Penguin Group.

Powell, W. & Kusuma-Powell, O. (2010). Becoming an Emotionally Intelligent Teacher. New York: Skyhorse Publishing.

Rechtschaffen, D. (2014). The Way of Mindful Education: Cultivating Well-Being in Teachers and Students. New York: W.W. Norton & Company.

Robinson, K & Aronica, L. (2015). Creative Schools: The Grassroots Revolution That’s Transforming Education. New York: Viking Press.

Robinson, Ken. all TED Talks.

Rose, T. (2015). The End of Average: How we Succeed in a World That Values Sameness. New York: Harper Collins.

Schwartz, B. (2015). What Learning How to Think Really Means. Chronicle of Higher Education.

Sharratt, L. & Harild, G. (2015). Good to Great to Innovate: Recalculating the Route to Career Readiness, K-12+. Thousand Oaks, CA: Corwin.

Siegel, Dan Dr. - videos, books, website:

Wagner, T. (2012). Creating Innovators: The Making of Young People who will Change the World. New York: Scribner.

Whiteley, G. (Director). (2015). Most Likely to Succeed [Film].

Zhao, Y. (2012). World Class Learners: Educating Creative and Entrepreneurial Students. Thousand Oaks: Corwin.

Zhao, Y, (2016). A Take Action Guide to World Class Learners: How to Make Personalization and Student Autonomy Happen. Thousand Oaks: Corwin.

School and Education Models We Visited and Researched:

Big Picture Learning Schools

Compass Montessori School, Golden, CO

Design 39 Campus

Health Sciences High and Middle College

High Tech High, in San Diego, CA

School of Environmental Studies, Apple Valley, MN

Jeffco Open School

Content Rich Websites:

Education Redesign Lab

Knowledge Works Website

Education Reimagined

Q.E.D. Foundation

XQ Super School Project

Coalition for Access, Affordability, and Success