School Districts and Instructional Renewal

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Table of Contents

Introduction: The District Role in Instructional Renewal: Setting the Stage for Dialogue 1
Pt. I Enduring Perceptions, Limited Research: The District's Place and Presence in Instructional Renewal 7
1 Forgotten Players: How Local School Districts Shaped American Education 9
2 How Districts Relate to States, Schools, and Communities: A Review of Emerging Literature 25
Pt. II Provocative Possibilities, Emerging Questions: The District as Catalyst and Critical Support for Instructional Renewal 41
3 District Strategies for Building Instructional Capacity 43
4 The District as a Professional Learning Laboratory 61
5 San Diego's Big Boom: Systemic Instructional Change in the Central Office and Schools 76
6 New Haven Unified School District: A Teaching Quality System for Excellence and Equity 94
7 Constraints and Opportunities in Changing Policy Environments: Intermediary Organizations' Response to Complex District Contexts 111
Pt. III Building Better Frameworks for Inquiry and Action 127
8 Focusing the Concerns of New Teachers: The District as Teacher Educator 129
9 District Policy Making and State Standards: A Cognitive Perspective on Implementation 143
10 Leadership for Learning: A Theory of Action for Urban School Districts 160
11 Reforming Districts 173
Conclusion: The District Role in Instructional Renewal: Making Sense and Taking Action 193
References 203
About the Editors and the Contributors 217
Index 221
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