Managing School Districts for High Performance Cases in Public Education Leadership

Edited by Stacey Childress, Richard F. Elmore, Allen Grossman, and Susan Moore Johnson
cloth, 504 Pages
Pub. Date: Nov 2007
ISBN-13: 978-1-891792-75-5
Price: $89.95

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paper, 504 Pages
Pub. Date: Nov 2007
ISBN-13: 978-1-891792-49-6
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Managing School Districts for High Performance brings together more than twenty case studies and other readings that offer a powerful and transformative approach to advancing and sustaining the work of school improvement.


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This volume is not a treatise about how schools and districts should work. Rather, it provides a deep immersion in the real dilemmas involved in advancing school district reform. Anyone who works through these cases cannot help but come away with a more informed vision for change, a more reflective orientation about the interrelationships among the multiple tasks involved, and a more prudent grasp of what it takes to educate all children to high academic standards. The course of study presented by Managing School Districts for High Performance should be required professional education for anyone charged with advancing a coherent agenda of school improvement in our diverse, demanding, and rapidly changing society. — Anthony S. Bryk, Spencer Professor of Organizational Studies, Stanford University

This set of case studies offers practitioners, policymakers, and scholars the opportunity to learn from the collective wisdom and real-life experiences of educational leaders involved in systemic transformation. Implementing coherent reform strategies designed to improve and sustain student performance often takes place in a vacuum. As a former urban superintendent, I believe that these selected educational case studies provide a compelling forum for shared experiential teaching and learning. — Arlene Ackerman, Christian A. Johnson Professor of Outstanding Educational Practice, Teachers College, Columbia University

This collaboration between the Harvard Business School and the Harvard Graduate School of Education provides a set of analytical tools to address the most complex and challenging issues facing urban public schools. The contemporary case studies document actual choices and constraints and point to patterns and similarities across organizations, from urban schools to corporate environments. — Carol Johnson, Superintendent, Boston Public Schools

This book of insightful case studies fills a void long felt by educational administrators in search of practical, real-world training tools. It will serve as a catalyst for the tough conversations district leaders need to have about achieving high-quality outcomes for all students. The Broad Center for the Management of School Systems has used many of these cases with great success, and we are excited that they are now compiled into a single collection. — Dan Katzir, Managing Director, The Broad Foundation

Managing School Districts for High Performance brings a laser-like focus to the core issues facing American education today, namely: How do we build first-class public education institutions and strategies to coherently drive effective learning and teaching and high student achievement? — Jon Schnur, Chief Executive Officer and Cofounder, New Leaders for New Schools

Managing School Districts for High Performance brings a laser-like focus to the core issues facing American education today, namely: How do we build first-class public education institutions and strategies to coherently drive effective learning and teaching and high student achievement? — Jon Schnur, Chief Executive Officer and Cofounder, New Leaders for New Schools

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