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Overview

Most guides on the process of turning around low-performing schools typically are addressed to principals and superintendents. Teachers, however, are the individuals expected to conduct the "heavy lifting" of school improvement. Teachers' Guide to School Turnarounds is the first book, on the subject written expressly for teachers. It provides a step-by-step introduction to the process of raising student achievement, beginning with diagnosing the causes of low performance and extending beyond the first year of improvement to the factors involved in sustaining high performance. Based on the authors' experiences with the School Turnaround Specialist Program as well as a review of research on successful school improvement projects, the book contains a wealth of tips and warnings for those engaged in, or anticipating being engaged in, the process of turning around a low-performing school.

About the Author:
Daniel L. Duke is currently a professor at the University of Virginia's Curry School of Education

About the Author:
Pamela D. Tucker is an associate professor in the Department of Leadership, Foundations, and Policy at the University of Virginia

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Editorial Reviews

Rick Stiggins
In this volume, professor Duke and his associates describe how the most needful schools can initiate and maintain the winning streaks needed to enhance the confidence and efficacy of both faculty and students, resulting in enhanced achievement...In short, turnaround schools...come to believe in themselves in this sense. Both struggling schools and struggling learners can find that sense of self-efficacy only if they have the opportunity to experience success at some level. The [authors] provide a roadmap to that success.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781578866687
  • Publisher: R&L Education
  • Publication date: 10/28/2007
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 190
  • Sales rank: 1,411,390
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 9.26 (h) x 0.44 (d)

Meet the Author

Daniel L. Duke has been a high school teacher, school administrator, staff development director, researcher, and consultant. He is currently a professor at the University of Virginia's Curry School of Education. Pamela D. Tucker is a former special education teacher and school administrator and currently is an associate professor in the Department of Leadership, Foundations, and Policy at the University of Virginia. Michael J. Salmonowicz is a doctoral student in administration and supervision at the University of Virginia. As a Teach for America corps member, he taught high school English in Chicago Public Schools from 2001 to 2003. Melissa K. Levy is a doctoral student in social foundations at the University of Virginia. She previously served as a middle school band director. Stephen Saunders is a veteran high school foreign language teacher and award-winning soccer coach. Currently he is completing his doctoral degree in educational leadership at the University of Virginia.

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Table of Contents


It Takes a Faculty to Turn around a School     1
School Turnaround Is Not a Myth     9
Why Are Some Schools Less Successful Than Other Schools?     27
Inquiring into the Health of Your School     47
Planning: The First Step to Better School Performance     69
The First Year of the School Turnaround Process     89
Keys to Sustaining a Successful School Turnaround     111
Those Who Can, Teach; Those Who Can Teach, Change     125
Turnaround Resources     143
Appendices: A-F     163
About the Authors     181
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