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Leading School Turnaround: How Successful Leaders Transform Low-Performing Schools

ISBN: 978-0-470-40766-0
304 pages
September 2010, Jossey-Bass
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Praise for Leading School Turnaround

"Going beyond their previous considerable work on the study of leadership, Kenneth Leithwood, Alma Harris, and Tiiu Strauss now get up-close and detailed. They use their powerful framework for how school leaders influence student learning, but this time they get inside the 'how.' Practical, powerful, interesting, and insightful—an indispensible resource for turnaround leaders."—Michael Fullan, professor emeritus, Ontario Institute for Studies in Education at the University of Toronto

"The problem of bringing about change in those schools where it is needed most remains one of the most intractable challenges in school leadership. This book is written by international scholars who understand the complexities of this challenge. Unlike other volumes based on a single person's experience or a reading of the literature, these authors offer useful specific insights based on data about what leaders in schools that accomplish fundamental change actually do."—Philip Hallinger, Chair Professor of Leadership and Change, Hong Kong Institute of Education

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1. Starting Points for Understanding Turnaround Leadership.

The Dynamic Context in Which Turnaround Leaders Work.

2. Reasons for School Failure.

3. A Staged Conception of School Turnaround Processes.

4. The Stages Illustrated: Rowlatt's Hill Primary School.

What Turnaround Leaders Do and How They Do It.

5. How Turnaround Leaders Create a Shared Sense of Direction in Their Schools.

6. How Turnaround Leaders Foster Capacity Development Among Their Teachers.

7. How Turnaround Leaders Redesign Their School Organisations.

8. How Turnaround Leaders Manage Improvements in Their School’s Instructional Programme.

9. Turnaround Leadership Up Close and Personal.

Outstanding Challenges.

10. Sustaining Performance: Achieving Satisfactory Performance and Aspiring to Much More.

11. Creating the Conditions for Stronger Relationships between Leadership and Student Learning.

Appendix A: Methods Used For the Ontario Study.

Appendix B: Methods Used For the UK Study.

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Kenneth Leithwood is professor of Educational Leadership and Policy at Ontario Institute for Studies in Education at the University of Toronto. He is chair of the American Education Research Association's Leadership and Administration division; co-editor of the journal Leadership and Policy in Schools; president of the Canadian Educational Leadership Network; and president of the Canadian Association for Curriculum Studies.

Alma Harris first trained as a secondary school teacher and taught in a number of challenging schools. She is the director of the London Centre for Leadership in Learning at the Institute of Education, London. Her research work focuses on organizational change and development. She is internationally known for her work on school improvement, particularly on improving schools in challenging circumstances.

Tiiu Strauss is a project director working with Kenneth Leithwood in the Department of Theory and Policy Studies at Ontario Institute for Studies in Education at the University of Toronto. She has published in the areas of leadership problem solving, distributed leadership, and leadership in turnaround schools.

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