Schools That Change: Evidence-Based Improvement and Effective Change Leadership / Edition 1
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Schools That Change: Evidence-Based Improvement and Effective Change Leadership / Edition 1

by Lewis (Lew) Smith
     
 

ISBN-10: 1412949521

ISBN-13: 9781412949521

Pub. Date: 12/11/2007

Publisher: SAGE Publications

Learn from schools that have made meaningful, positive, and lasting changes!

The author presents an in-depth look at eight schools, winners of the National School Change Awards, that have transformed from low-performing into exemplary national status. Smith uses qualitative research, specific examples, and portraiture to offer an inside view of the day-to-day

Overview

Learn from schools that have made meaningful, positive, and lasting changes!

The author presents an in-depth look at eight schools, winners of the National School Change Awards, that have transformed from low-performing into exemplary national status. Smith uses qualitative research, specific examples, and portraiture to offer an inside view of the day-to-day dynamics of school change. This insightful book examines questions such as:

  • Why are some schools able to change while other schools cannot?
  • Why are people challenged by change?
  • What is the best way to measure change?
  • What professional characteristics must principals develop to bring about significant and sustainable change?

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781412949521
Publisher:
SAGE Publications
Publication date:
12/11/2007
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
320
Product dimensions:
7.00(w) x 10.00(h) x (d)

Table of Contents


List of Figures     ix
Foreword   Michael Fullan     xi
Preface     xii
Acknowledgments     xvi
About the Author     xviii
Introduction     1
The Dynamics of Change     11
Describing Change     13
Measuring Change     29
Examining Change     45
The Elementary Schools     53
"We're Closing This School": Government Hill Elementary: Anchorage, Alaska     55
"This School Must Be a Sanctuary": John Williams School No. 5: Rochester, New York     68
"California Dreaming": Skycrest Elementary: Citrus Heights, California     80
"We Succeed. No Exceptions. No Excuses.": South Heights Elementary: Henderson, Kentucky     94
The Secondary Schools     107
"If the System Doesn't Work, Go Around It": Gustav Fritsche Middle School: Milwaukee, Wisconsin     109
"Desegregation or Else": George Washington Carver Academy: Waco, Texas     122
"Surrender Was Not an Option": Louis W. Fox Academic and Technical High School: San Antonio, Texas     135
"Why Are We Here?": Niles High School: Niles, Michigan     148
Bringing About Significant School Change: The Essential Elements     163
The Essential Elements: Context     165
The Essential Elements: Capacity     179
The Essential Elements: Conversations     194
Bringing About Significant School Change: The Catalytic Variables     211
The Catalytic Variables: Internal Dissonance     213
The Catalytic Variables: External Forces     224
The Catalytic Variables: Leadership     241
Creating Meaning     263
The Lessons We Can Learn     265
References and Suggested Readings     277
Credits     287
Index     288

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