School Districts and Instructional Renewal

School Districts and Instructional Renewal

by Amy Hightower

ISBN-10: 080774266X

ISBN-13: 9780807742662

Pub. Date: 09/19/2002

Publisher: Teachers College Press

Product Details

Teachers College Press
Publication date:
Critical Issues in Educational Leadership Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Product dimensions:
6.12(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.60(d)

Table of Contents

Introduction: The District Role in Instructional Renewal: Setting the Stage for Dialogue1
Pt. IEnduring Perceptions, Limited Research: The District's Place and Presence in Instructional Renewal7
1Forgotten Players: How Local School Districts Shaped American Education9
2How Districts Relate to States, Schools, and Communities: A Review of Emerging Literature25
Pt. IIProvocative Possibilities, Emerging Questions: The District as Catalyst and Critical Support for Instructional Renewal41
3District Strategies for Building Instructional Capacity43
4The District as a Professional Learning Laboratory61
5San Diego's Big Boom: Systemic Instructional Change in the Central Office and Schools76
6New Haven Unified School District: A Teaching Quality System for Excellence and Equity94
7Constraints and Opportunities in Changing Policy Environments: Intermediary Organizations' Response to Complex District Contexts111
Pt. IIIBuilding Better Frameworks for Inquiry and Action127
8Focusing the Concerns of New Teachers: The District as Teacher Educator129
9District Policy Making and State Standards: A Cognitive Perspective on Implementation143
10Leadership for Learning: A Theory of Action for Urban School Districts160
11Reforming Districts173
Conclusion: The District Role in Instructional Renewal: Making Sense and Taking Action193
About the Editors and the Contributors217

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