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Reshaping the Principalship

Insights From Transformational Reform Efforts
How the work of principals is being shaped by transformational reform measures is examined in this book. It aims to enrich our understanding of how restructuring has redesigned the work of principals, as well as the ways in which principals themselves are helping to shape and direct reform initiatives. Part I reviews the empirical evidence available at the start of the project and analyzes the challenges and possiblities for principals in restructuring schools. In Part II, nine case studies developed and presented by well-known researchers examine the changing role of the principal in the context of a single improvement effort. The editors then review and analyze the cases in Part II, with special attention to the overall themes and dilemmas.

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  • Grade Level: PreK-12
  • ISBN: 9780803960800
  • Published By: Corwin
  • Year: 1994
  • Page Count: 312
  • Publication date: March 15, 1994

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Understand the dynamics of change and the uniquely evolving role principals play in school reform.


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Joseph F. Murphy

Joseph F. Murphy is the Frank W. Mayborn Chair and associate dean at Peabody College of Education at Vanderbilt University. He has also been a faculty member at the University of Illinois and The Ohio State University, where he was the William Ray Flesher Professor of Education. In the public schools, he has served as an administrator at the school, district, and state levels, including an appointment as the executive assistant to the chief deputy superintendent of public instruction in California. His most recent appointment was as the founding president of the Ohio Principals Leadership Academy. At the university level, he has served as department chair and associate dean.

He is past vice president of the American Educational Research Association and was the founding chair of the Interstate School Leaders Licensure Consortium (ISLLC). He is co-editor of the AERA Handbook on Educational Administration (1999) and editor of the National Society for the Study of Education (NSSE) yearbook, The Educational Leadership Challenge (2002).

His work is in the area of school improvement, with special emphasis on leadership and policy. He has authored or co-authored 18 books in this area and edited another 12. His most recent authored volumes include Understanding and Assessing the Charter School Movement (2002), Leadership for Literacy: Research-Based Practice, PreK-3 (2003), Connecting Teacher Leadership and School Improvement (2005), Preparing School Leaders: Defining a Research and Action Agenda (2006), and Turning Around Failing Schools: Lessons From the Organizational Sciences.\

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Karen Seashore Louis

Karen Seashore Louis is the Rodney Wallace Professor of Educational Policy and Administration at the University of Minnesota–Twin Cities. Her area of expertise includes improvement in K–12 leadership and policy over the last 30 years, particularly in urban secondary schools. Louis also conducts research on organizational changes within higher education, with particular attention to faculty roles, and on international comparative policy in educational reform. A past president of Division A of the American Educational Research Association (AERA), she is a widely published author in the field. Recent books include Organizing for School Change, Leadership for Change and School Improvement: International Perspectives, Handbook of Educational Administration, Second Edition, and Organizational Learning in Schools. Louis earned a bachelor's degree in History from Swarthmore College and a doctorate in sociology from Columbia University.
Table of Contents

Table of Contents


Reconstructing the Principalship

Challenges and Possibilities

Transformational Change and the Evolving Role of the Principal

Early Empirical Evidence


The Principal as Mini-Superintendent Under Chicago School Reform

Transformational Leadership and Teachers' Commitment to Change

School Leadership and Teacher Quality of Work Life in Restructuring Schools

Ninety Degrees from Everywhere

New Understandings of the Principal's Role in a Restructuring Essential School

From Attila the Hun to Mary Had a Little Lamb

Principal Role Ambiguity in Restructured Schools

Cultivating a Caring School Community

One Principal's Story

Voices of Principals from Democratically Transformed Schools

Changes in School Governance and Principals' Roles

Changing Jurisdictions, New Power Dynamics, and Conflict in Restructured Schools

Ten Propositions for Facilitative Leadership


The Evolving Role of the Principal

Some Concluding Thoughts

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