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Leadership Lessons from Comprehensive School Reforms

Leadership Lessons from Comprehensive School Reforms

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© 2002 | 304 pages | Corwin

"Leadership Lessons From Comprehensive School Reform addresses a topic that has received far too little attention in the comprehensive school reform movement: the role of school and district leaders in the reform process. This volume shows how much we've learned about how leaders shape comprehensive reform and how the reform process must shape leadership."
Robert Slavin, Co-Director
Center for Research on the Education of Students Placed at Risk
Johns Hopkins University

"This volume provides the most thorough, balanced, and informative source available on comprehensive school reform. In addition to insights regarding implementation of many of the most prominent CSR models, the book is a primer on 'distributed leadership,' providing perspectives on the interplay of principals, teacher leaders, central office administrators and model developers engaged in school and district reform."
James Lytle, Superintendent
Trenton, New Jersey Public Schools

"This book offers well-grounded insights about the leadership practices of educators involved in the implementation of Comprehensive School Reform models. Leaders and leadership scholars will find it a rewarding read. I recommend it highly."
Kenneth Leithwood
Ontario Institute for Studies in Education
Ontario, Canada

Discover what we've learned about educational leadership from comprehensive school reforms models—straight from the experts and insiders!

Comprehensive School Reform (CSR) is proving to be one of the most promising avenues for improving student achievement. The authors have found that leadership is frequently acknowledged to be a prime factor in the successful implementation of comprehensive school reform. Murphy and Datnow have gathered together a group of CSR insiders and researchers to examine the issue of leadership in CSR for the first time.

Contributors and CSR models include:

  • Expeditionary Learning Schools
  • Modern Red Schoolhouse
  • Co-Nect
  • Success for All
  • New American Schools
  • Chicago Annenberg Challenge
  • Bay Area School Reform Collaborative
  • Accelerated Schools
  • Coalition of Essential Schools
  • Comer School Development Process
About the Editors
About the Contributors
Part I: Setting the Stage
Joseph Murphy and Amanda Datnow
1. The Development of Comprehensive School Reform
Part II: New American Schools Designs
Greg Farrell
2. Expeditionary Learning Schools: Tenacity, Leadership and School Reform
Sally B. Kilgore and James D. Jones
3. The Modern Red Schoolhouse: Leadership in Comprehensive School Reform Initiatives
Bruce Goldberg and Donald M. Morrison
4. Co-nect: Purpose, Accountability, and School Leadership
Christine Finnan and James Meza, Jr.
5. The Accelerated Schools Project: Can a Leader Change the Culture and Embed Reform?
Mark Berends, Susan Bodilly, and Sheila Nataraj Kirby
6. New American Schools: District and School Leadership for Whole-School Reform
Part III: Annenberg Challenge Initiatives
Mark A. Smylie, Stacy A. Wenzel, and Carol R. Fendt
7. The Chicago Annenberg Challenge: Lessons on Leadership for School Development
Michael Aaron Copland
8. The Bay Area School Reform Collaborative: Building the Capacity to Lead
Part IV: Other National Comprehensive School Reform Designs
Amanda Datnow and Marisa Castellano
9. Success for All: District and School Leadership
Peter M. Hall and Peggy L. Placier
10. The Coalition of Essential Schools: Leadership for Putting the Common Principles into Practice
Charles M. Payne and John B. Diamond
11. The Comer School Development Process: Developing Leadership in Urban Schools
Part V: Conclusion
Joseph Murphy and Amanda Datnow
12. Leadership Lessons from Comprehensive School Reform Designs

"Leadership Lessons from Comprehensive School Reforms provides a blend of scholarly thought and practical anecdotes on the role of leadership in school reform. Each chapter stands alone as a powerful example of the vision, planning, and commitment of the reform effort."

The School Administrator, October 2004

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