Building Strong School Cultures: A Guide to Leading Change / Edition 1

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Develop an integrated school culture that engages educators with their colleagues and communities!

This resource calls on principals to create a viable, sustainable school culture using the professional community, organizational learning and trust to affect teaching and learning. This addition to the Leadership for Learning series presents an Intensification of Leadership approach that integrates teachers, parents, and community members into a coherent team. The authors examine schools that have achieved lasting cultural change and present practical strategies for:

  • Diagnosing and shaping a school culture
  • Revising leadership functions to broaden the decision-making processes
  • Rethinking organizational structures
  • Supporting continuous improvement while ensuring stability
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Editorial Reviews

Lyman Goding
"An important companion to current research and good thinking about change. This book presents ideas, research, and great questions not often found in how-to manuals on school change."
Teresa P. Cunningham
"A manageable, well-rehearsed plan for discussion, research, and lots of reflective thought for any school leader willing to go the extra journey to develop their own leadership and the culture in which they desire to lead."
James L. Pate
"The book is an easy read, yet is on target and to-the-point. It provides a practical means by which to change school culture, often a necessary step to improved student achievement."
Mary K. Culver
"The book supports the development of leadership skills through well-digested research, combined with a highly effective constructivist approach for making sense of compelling stories andusing the dialogue stemming from that research. This book is highly useful for aspiring and practicing school principals."
Kathryn Riley
"This timely book is a delight. It sets a new agenda for leadership and achieves the rare goal of combining practical tools and rich vignettes with analytical reflections based on sound research."
Kenneth Leithwood
"Standing on the back of their groundbreaking research on school culture, Kruse and Seashore Louis provide an insightful and very practical guide that should be a must-read for anyone preparing to become a school leader."
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781412951821
  • Publisher: SAGE Publications
  • Publication date: 9/17/2008
  • Series: Leadership for Learning Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 200
  • Product dimensions: 7.00 (w) x 9.90 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Sharon D. Kruse is a professor in the Department of Educational Foundations and Leadership at the University of Akron. Over the past decade, she has studied school leadership and successful school improvement practices. She previously worked with Karen Seashore Louis coauthoring Professionalism and Community: Perspective on Reforming Urban Schools (Corwin Press 1995) and with Bob Johnson Jr. coauthoring Decision Making for Educational Leaders: Under-Examined Dimensions and Issues.

Karen Seashore Louis is the Rodney Wallace Professor of Educational Policy and Administration at the University of Minnesota–Twin Cities. Her area of expertise includes improvement in K–12 leadership and policy over the last 30 years, particularly in urban secondary schools. Louis also conducts research on organizational changes within higher education, with particular attention to faculty roles, and on international comparative policy in educational reform. A past president of Division A of the American Educational Research Association (AERA), she is a widely published author in the field. Recent books include Organizing for School Change, Leadership for Change and School Improvement: International Perspectives, Handbook of Educational Administration, Second Edition, and Organizational Learning in Schools. Louis earned a bachelor's degree in History from Swarthmore College and a doctorate in sociology from Columbia University.

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Table of Contents

Series Foreword by E. Joseph Schneider and Willis D. Hawley
About the Authors
1. Changing School Culture: An Introduction and Overview
School Cultures: Stable and Fluid or Stable and Fragile
Introducing PCOLT: Professional Community, Organizational Learning, and Trust
Intensified Leadership: An Introduction
Intensification and Beyond "Quick Fixes "
Summary and Overview of the Book
Recommended Readings and Culture Activities
2. Principals as Cultural Change Agents
Cultures and Subcultures in Schools
Management and Leadership
Paths to Cultural Management and Leadership
Additional Readings and Activities for Getting Started
3. Diagnosing Your School Culture: Understanding Where You Are
The Basics of Cultural Diagnosis
Diagnosing Your School Culture
Diagnosis and Intensified Leadership for Cultural Change
Culture Resources and Activities
4. Linking Leadership and School Culture
Leadership and Decision Making
Intensifying Leadership at Your School
Intensifying Leadership by Building PCOLT
Vigilance and Strong School Cultures
Reflections and Activities for Developing School Culture
5. Networks, Networking, and Cultural Change
Webs and Nets
Thinking About Networks
Next Steps
Reflections and Goal-Setting Activities
6. Intensifying Leadership Through Partnerships With Districts
Thinking About District-School Relationships
Rethinking Organizational Structures and Cultures
Influencing District-School Relationships
Moving Forward
Reflections and Activities
7. Schools and Communities: Working With the Enduring Dilemmas of Time and Accountability
Student Learning and Development: A Foundation
Schools as Agencies for Democracy
Social Capital and Civic Capacity
Schools as Moral Agencies
Web Resources, Activities, and Reflections
8. Bringing It All Together: Concluding Themes and Thoughts
The Art of Balance
Implications for Action and Growth
A PCOLT Planning Guide

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