Schools Cannot Do it Alone


Schools Cannot Do It Alone - Building Support for America's Public Schools tells of Jamie Vollmer’s extraordinary journey through the land of public education. Once a harsh critic, he has become an award-winning advocate and trusted partner of America's public schools.

His encounters with blueberries, bell curves, and smelly eighth graders lead him to two critical discoveries.

First, we have a systems problem, not a people problem. We must change the system to get the graduates we need. Second, we cannot touch the system without touching the culture of the surrounding town; everything that goes on inside a school is tied to local attitudes, values, traditions, and beliefs.

Drawing on his work in hundreds of districts, Jamie offers teachers, administrators, board members, and their allies a practical program to secure the understanding, trust, permission, and support they need to change the system and increase student success.