Leading School Turnaround: How Successful Leaders Transform Low-Performing Schools

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Leading School Turnaround

Leading School Turnaround offers new perspectives and concrete, evidence-based guidelines for the educational leaders and administrators faced with the challenge of turning our low-performing schools around. Using the tools outlined in this groundbreaking book, school leaders can guide their schools to higher levels of achievement and sustained academic success.

Based on research conducted in the United States, Canada,...

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Overview

Leading School Turnaround

Leading School Turnaround offers new perspectives and concrete, evidence-based guidelines for the educational leaders and administrators faced with the challenge of turning our low-performing schools around. Using the tools outlined in this groundbreaking book, school leaders can guide their schools to higher levels of achievement and sustained academic success.

Based on research conducted in the United States, Canada, and England, Leading School Turnaround addresses in three parts the dynamic context of the turnaround environment, what turnaround leaders do, and the incredible challenges of moving from turnaround to "stay around."

Filled with illustrative examples, the book outlines the best practices and behaviors successful turnaround leaders exercise. The authors include detailed information for applying the four main categories of turnaround leadership: direction setting, developing people, redesigning the school, and managing the instructional program.

This important resource can help any school leader get their school back on the track to academic success.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780470407660
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 9/14/2010
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 304
  • Sales rank: 956,850
  • Product dimensions: 6.20 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author

Kenneth Leithwood is professor of Educational Leadership and Policy at Ontario Institute for Studies in Education at the University of Toronto. He is chair of the American Education Research Association's Leadership and Administration division; co-editor of the journal Leadership and Policy in Schools; president of the Canadian Educational Leadership Network; and president of the Canadian Association for Curriculum Studies.

Alma Harris first trained as a secondary school teacher and taught in a number of challenging schools. She is the director of the London Centre for Leadership in Learning at the Institute of Education, London. Her research work focuses on organizational change and development. She is internationally known for her work on school improvement, particularly on improving schools in challenging circumstances.

Tiiu Strauss is a project director working with Kenneth Leithwood in the Department of Theory and Policy Studies at Ontario Institute for Studies in Education at the University of Toronto. She has published in the areas of leadership problem solving, distributed leadership, and leadership in turnaround schools.

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Table of Contents

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The Authors

Introduction: Understanding School Turnaround Leadership 1

Part One The Dynamic Context in Which Turnaround Leaders Work 23

1 Reasons for School Failure 25

2 The Three Stages of School Turnaround 43

3 The Stages Illustrated: A Case Study 67

Part Two What Turnaround Leaders Do, and How They Do It 83

4 How Turnaround Leaders Create a Shared Sense of Direction in Their Schools 85

5 How Turnaround Leaders Foster Capacity Development Among Their Teachers 111

6 How Turnaround Leaders Redesign Their Schools 129

7 How Turnaround Leaders Improve Their School's Instructional Program 155

8 Turnaround Leadership Up Close and Personal 181

Part Three Outstanding Challenges 213

9 How Schools Move from Turnaround to "Stay Around" 215

10 How to Reach High Performance 235

Conclusion 257

Appendix: Methods Used for the Studies 259

Notes 267

References 271

Index 283

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