Against the Odds offers an in-depth look at the Mapleton, Colorado, school district's transformation of two traditional high schools into seven small schools, each enrolling fewer than four hundred students. This even-handed account chronicles both the heartening successes and frequent frustrations of a district-wide embrace of the small school model.
Larry Cuban is Professor Emeritus of Education at Stanford University. Gary Lichtenstein heads Quality Evaluation Designs, a firm specializing in education evaluation and research. Arthur Evenchik is the assistant to the dean for special projects in the College of Arts and Sciences at Case Western Reserve University. Martin Tombari is a senior research analyst at Colorado Foundation for Families and Children. Kristen Pozzoboni is a doctoral student at the University of Colorado.