Turnaround Principals for Underperforming Schools

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There's no mystery in turning around low-performing or failing schools, but there are also no recipes. In Turnaround Principals for Underperforming Schools Rosemary Papa and Fenwick English identify the essential ingredients for success. The causes of failure are complex and interactive. Schools are not inert structures but living organisms. Putting schools back together is a collaborative venture. It takes a team to turn around a school, but it all begins with the leadership. The key to success rests in a school...

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Overview

There's no mystery in turning around low-performing or failing schools, but there are also no recipes. In Turnaround Principals for Underperforming Schools Rosemary Papa and Fenwick English identify the essential ingredients for success. The causes of failure are complex and interactive. Schools are not inert structures but living organisms. Putting schools back together is a collaborative venture. It takes a team to turn around a school, but it all begins with the leadership. The key to success rests in a school leader who has a fundamental understanding of the dynamics of schooling, human motivation, and possesses the resiliency and energy to engage in altering the internal landscape of an unsuccessful school. Two veteran educators have put together a work based on their research and experience for the past half-century. They pull no punches. The challenge is not only to turn low-performing or failing schools around, but to enable them to become more socially just places for all students.

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Editorial Reviews

Frank Davidson
In this text, two highly respected authors offer insight and inspiration that will be of benefit to both aspiring and practicing educational leaders. Leaders who seek to develop a culture of collaborative leadership and a system-wide commitment to improving an individual school or school system will find in these pages not only important implications from research, but—more critically—encouragement and hope.
Theodore Creighton
Papa and English clearly understand the limitations of, and our overemphasis on, data-based decision making (test scores and other local and federal accountability measures). They state throughout their book a shift to evidence-based decision making and the critical reasons why successful leaders MUST look further below the surface (for the evidence) to ensure all students receive fair, equitable, rigorous, and appropriate instruction in our schools. Turnaround Principals for Underperforming Schools needs to be in every university principal preparation program in the country.
Richard A. Flanary
Turnaround Principals for Underperforming Schools presents an informative and provocative look at the scaffolding and structure supporting and confronting turnaround principals. There is limited understanding about how to create and sustain the practice of "turnaround principals." Papa and English have filled the understanding gap with a reliable and realistic guide that effectively grasps the intricacies of the role.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781607099734
  • Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
  • Publication date: 7/21/2011
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 108
  • Sales rank: 985,810
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Rosemary Papa is The Del and Jewel Lewis Endowed Chair in the College of Education at Northern Arizona University. Fenwick W. English is the R. Wendell Eaves Senior Distinguished Professor of educational leadership in the School of Education at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments vii

Foreword ix

1 Taking The Mystery Out Of Turning Around Underperforming And Failing Schools 1

2 Selecting Change Models: Changing What For What? 25

3 Activist Leadership To Improve Schooling And Life Chances 49

4 The Yin And Yang Of Successful School Turnarounds 71

5 Socially Just Activist Leaders to Turn Around Schools 93

Appendix A Heuristics For The Activist Leader 115

Appendix B Explicit Leader Beliefs and Actions 127

Appendix C Troubleshooting Guide 133

Index 139

About The Authors 147

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