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Schools That Change

Evidence-Based Improvement and Effective Change Leadership
By: Lew Smith

Foreword by Michael Fullan

Through specific examples, qualitative research, and portraiture, the author illustrates how and why some schools are able to achieve significant, sustainable change while others cannot.

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  • Grade Level: PreK-12
  • ISBN: 9781412949521
  • Published By: Corwin
  • Year: 2007
  • Page Count: 320
  • Publication date: January 23, 2013

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"Schools That Change integrates equal parts passion and intellect. A well-crafted contribution to the literature on successful reform and a sophisticated and nuanced book that should be read with care."
—From the Foreword by Michael Fullan

"Schools have shown themselves to be gifted and talented at resisting and subverting change. Lew Smith hands us the keys to the storehouse of insights about how schools can change—really change."
—Roland Barth, Founder, The Principals' Center, Harvard University
Author, Lessons Learned

Learn from schools that have made meaningful, positive, and lasting changes!

With an in-depth look at eight schools across the nation—winners of the National School Change Awards—this illuminating resource shows how schools can transform themselves from low-performing into exemplary national status.

Qualitative research, specific examples, and portraiture offer an inside view of the day-to-day dynamics of change in schools. This insightful book examines questions such as:

  • Why are some schools able to change while other schools cannot?
  • Why are people challenged by change?
  • What is the best way to measure change?
  • What professional characteristics must principals develop to bring about significant and sustainable change?

Learn how your school can realize substantive change that supports a culture of learning, teacher development, and enhanced student achievement.

Key features

  • In-depth look at what works in eight award-winning rural, suburban, and urban schools
  • Focus on the leadership characteristics essential to effecting significant school change


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Lew Smith

Dr. Lew Smith received his BA, MA and School Administration/Supervision Certificate from Brooklyn College and his EdD from Teachers College, Columbia University. He began his career as a social studies teacher in New York City high schools, where his interdisciplinary course in American History, titled The American Dream, became a textbook published by Scott Foresman and adopted nation-wide. Lew Smith served as the principal of a New York City high school; the executive director of America’s first settlement house, a multi-social service agency; and the principal of a suburban junior-senior high school.

Dr. Smith conceived and directed the NYC Middle School Initiative, which ultimately launched middle school reform in 26 of NYC’s 32 community school districts. He facilitated the creation of 82 school-based leadership teams for the Newark, New Jersey school system.

Lew Smith has served as an Associate Professor in Educational Leadership and Associate Dean, Program Development and Outreach at the Fordham University Graduate School of Education. As a member of the educational leadership faculty, Dr. Smith directed the revision and expansion of the Master’s Program in Educational Administration, which generated more than 200 well-prepared school administrators between 2000-2003. Dr. Smith, working with a Fordham team and external partners conceived and directed a Critical Issues in Education Conference Series, the National School Change Awards, and the National Principals Leadership Institute.

Dr. Smith’s research and teaching focus is on leadership development and school change. He has presented papers and conducted workshops in numerous school districts, at regional conferences, and at national conferences conducted by the American Association of School Administrators (AASA), American Educational Research Association (AERA), Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development (ASCD), and the University Council of Educational Administration (UCEA). Four commentaries authored by Dr. Smith have appeared in Education Week.

Dr. Smith has been involved in extensive school restructuring and school design work, including the creation of three small New York City high schools dedicated to the themes of public service and social justice. Additionally, Dr. Smith helped with the restructuring of four K-8 schools and two high schools in Paterson, NJ; the design of a middle school in Baltimore, MD; and the redesign of four secondary schools in Newburgh, NY. He prepared Milwaukee, WI educators for the redesign of all eighteen high schools in their district and facilitated a new Aspiring Principals program for the San Francisco, CA Unified School District. Dr. Smith is married, with four children and one grandchild, all of who have attended public schools. Lew Smith is an avid reader, cook, and vegetable gardener.

Table of Contents

Table of Contents

List of Figures

Foreword by Michael Fullan



About the Author


Part I. The Dynamics of Change

1. Describing Change

2. Measuring Change

3. Examining Change

Part II. The Elementary Schools

4. "We're Closing This School": Government Hill Elementary: Anchorage, Alaska

5. "This School Must Be a Sanctuary": John Williams School No. 5: Rochester, New York

6. "California Dreaming": Skycrest Elementary: Citrus Heights, California

7. "We Succeed. No Exceptions. No Excuses": South Heights Elementary: Henderson, Kentucky

Part III. The Secondary Schools

8. "If the System Doesn't Work, Go Around It": Gustav Fritsche Middle School: Milwaukee, Wisconsin

9. "Desegregation or Else": George Washington Carver Academy: Waco, Texas

10. "Surrender Was Not an Option": Louis W. Fox Academic and Technical High School: San Antonio, Texas

11. "Why Are We Here?": Niles High School: Niles, Michigan

Part IV. Bringing About Significant School Change: The Essential Elements

12. The Essential Elements: Context

13. The Essential Elements: Capacity

14. The Essential Elements: Conversations

Part V. Bringing About Significant School Change: The Catalytic Variables

15. The Catalytic Variables: Internal Dissonance

16. The Catalytic Variables: External Forces

17. The Catalytic Variables: Leadership

Part VI. Creating Meaning

18. The Lessons We Can Learn

References and Suggested Readings





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