Changing Suburbs Changing Students

Author: Shelley B. Wepner
Publisher: Corwin Press
ISBN: 1452203911
Format: PDF, Kindle
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As your students evolve, has your school evolved with them? This unique book explains the increasing diversity in student makeup and offers tools and ideas for improving achievement.

Literacy Leadership in Changing Schools

Author: Shelley B. Wepner
Publisher: Teachers College Press
ISBN: 0807774189
Format: PDF
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Literacy Leadership in Changing Schools will help literacy leaders improve teachers’ professional development in grades K–6. The authors use literacy basics to suggest concrete approaches that leaders and coaches can use to help teachers improve their instruction with culturally and linguistically diverse students. Based on firsthand experiences, research, and a school-university-community collaborative (Changing Suburbs Institute in New York), this practical book homes in on what literacy leaders need to do in today’s rapidly changing schools. With vignettes, strategies, and guidelines, each chapter is devoted to one essential component of serving as an effective literacy leader. Throughout, the book addresses typical issues leaders and teachers face, such as high-stakes testing, increasing failure rates, rigorous teacher and principal evaluations, family engagement, shrinking resources, and teachers’ inexperience with instructing diverse students. “Today’s educators are faced with the challenge of meeting the increased expectations associated with a high quality education for all children. The contributors provide an excellent resource of relevant information along with a wealth of concrete suggestions for meeting that challenge through effective leadership and ongoing, embedded professional development. The result is a road map for enriched learning experiences for the professionals involved and ultimately for the students they teach.” —Dorothy S. Strickland, Samuel DeWitt Proctor Professor of Education Emerita, Rutgers “This book encourages and supports leaders as they create bold, thoughtful and empowering pathways for professional development. It is a recipe that has the power to highlight the joy of professional growth and learning for leaders, teachers and students alike. To me, that is truly fabulous.” —Jennifer Scoggin, Director of LitLife, Connecticut “The authors address important aspects of the decision-making process, namely how to really know someone or something well before making a choice. Too many of our educational choices are based on outdated or misinformation and this book clearly shows school leaders how to obtain accurate information when creating a cohesive literacy model. This book also takes complex aspects of literacy professional development, such as standards and instructional techniques and breaks them down in clear and applicable ways so that decisions can not just be made but also be implemented.” —Gravity Goldberg, Literacy Consultant, Director, Gravity Goldberg LLC

Challenges Facing Suburban Schools

Author: Shelley B. Wepner
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield
ISBN: 1475832842
Format: PDF
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This coedited book describes the impact that an increasingly diverse student population has on suburban schools.

Differentiating School Leadership

Author: Daniel L. Duke
Publisher: Corwin Press
ISBN: 1412970504
Format: PDF, ePub, Mobi
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The proposed book maintains that schools face distinct types of challenges requiring distinct types of leadership. There are not, however, an infinite number of types of challenges, at least not for practical purposes. The book focuses on four sets of challenges that any principal might confront, depending on local circumstances. A principal can address each set of challenges successfully, but only by recognizing the distinctive nature of the challenges and adjusting his/her approach accordingly. This recognition of the need to make adjustments in leadership is referred to as differentiated leadership.The idea of differentiated leadership has its roots in contingency theory, situational leadership theory, and path-goal theory (Northouse, 2007). That the concept of leadership requires differentiation is further evidenced by the variety of adjectives used to modify the term instructional leadership, moral leadership, distributed leadership, servant leadership, normative leadership, and so on. In recent years, educators have been attracted to the notion of differentiated instruction. They have recognized that one form of instruction is unlikely to address the needs of all students. The approach begins with actual situations confronting contemporary principals and then analyzes the kinds of leadership functions most likely to handle the situations effectively. The book opens with an introduction to the idea of differentiated leadership and why it is important for principals to understand how different schools may face very distinct sets of challenges. Trying to apply a one-size-fits-all type of leadership can have disastrous results. The introduction also contains an overview of organizational diagnostics and the kinds of data needed to assess the particular kinds of challenges presented by a particular school at a particular point in time.

The Color of School Reform

Author: Jeffrey R. Henig
Publisher: Princeton University Press
ISBN: 9781400823291
Format: PDF, ePub, Docs
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Why is it so difficult to design and implement fundamental educational reform in large city schools in spite of broad popular support for change? How does the politics of race complicate the challenge of building and sustaining coalitions for improving urban schools? These questions have provoked a great deal of theorizing, but this is the first book to explore the issues on the basis of extensive, solid evidence. Here a group of political scientists examines education reform in Atlanta, Baltimore, Detroit, and Washington, D.C., where local governmental authority has passed from white to black leaders. The authors show that black administrative control of big-city school systems has not translated into broad improvements in the quality of public education within black-led cities. Race can be crucial, however, in fostering the broad civic involvement perhaps most needed for school reform. In each city examined, reform efforts often arise but collapse, partly because leaders are unable to craft effective political coalitions that would commit community resources to a concrete policy agenda. What undermines the leadership, according to the authors, is the complex role of race in each city. First, public authority does not guarantee access to private resources, usually still controlled by white economic elites. Second, local authorities must interact with external actors, at the state and national levels, who remain predominantly white. Finally, issues of race divide the African American community itself and often place limits on what leaders can and cannot do. Filled with insightful explanations together with recommendations for policy change, this book is an important component of the debate now being waged among researchers, education activists, and the community as a whole.

Professional Standards for the Superintendency

Author: John Hoyle
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield
ISBN: 0876522029
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School superintendents hold many leadership responsibilities, and much of schools' effectiveness rests on the abilities of the superintendents to meet their responsibilities. Criticisms of superintendents' training and educational background usually stem from a professor's lack of attention to a broader range of leadership theories. What professional standards should a superintendent meet? The eight standards presented are a combination of policy-maker knowledge and extensive research. The standards should serve as a foundation for the development and improvement of superintendents' preparation programs. Additionally all superintendents should hold themselves personally accountable to the eight standards. The eight standards for the superintendency are: (1) leadership and district culture; (2) policy and governance; (3) communications and community relations; (4) organizational management; (5) curriculum planning and development; (6) instructional management; (7) human resources management; and (8) values and ethics of leadership. There is a two step approach for putting the standards into operation: allow the standards to influence programs at the superintendent preparation level, and create a Standards Board to ensure the standards are being upheld by current superintendents. (KDP)

Leadership for Change and School Reform

Author: Kathryn Riley
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 1134586701
Format: PDF, ePub
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School reform is a top priority for governments today. This timely and challenging book, edited by leading international researchers, Kathryn Riley and Karen Seashore Louis, offers a rich comparative perspective on leadership for change and school reform. Contributors form North America, Europe and Australia demonstrate how school leadership is influenced by global pressures, differing national and state contexts and local concerns. They illustrate the limitations of reform initiatives which focus on school leaders tot he exclusion of the many other organisations which affect school, such as national and local governments, professional associations and school communities. This book raises some important questions such as: *How can school leaders create intelligent, thinking schools? *How can leadership and learning be linked together? *What are the characteristics of effective local education authorities and school districts? *What is the role of teacher organisations in educational reform and change? *What happens if businesses, teachers, parents and local communities have different views of what makes a good school? The text illustrates the ways in which leadership is rooted in learning, and identifies new directions for school leadership. It challenges conventional notions of leadership, offering an expanded view, which sees leadership just as an individual role-based function, but as a network of relationships among people, structures and cultures. This lively and provocative book should be read by all those interested in education reform.

Teaching in changing times

Author: Linda M. Wallinger
Publisher: McGraw-Hill Humanities/Social Sciences/Languages
ISBN:
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McGraw-Hill World Languages is pleased to announce our continuing collaboration with the Northeast Conference on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (NECTFL) in the publication of their 2002 annual conference report. The chapters in Teaching in Changing Times provide perspective and reflection on the various challenges that confront language instructors and administrators, focusing specifically on issues of leadership. Teaching in Changing Times is ideal for use in teacher education and methods courses, or for undergraduate and graduate seminars that deal with issues in language education or language acquisition.

The Role of Leadership in Sustaining School Reform

Author: Mary S. Leighton
Publisher: DIANE Publishing
ISBN: 0788148613
Format: PDF, Docs
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Summarizes discussions by participants in a meeting convened to learn the views of outstanding school leaders -- principals, teachers, parents, and others -- whose diversity reflected that of the local education workforce. The discussions centered on three topics: the habits of mind and heart that enable leaders to guide successful school change over the long term; the dimensions of leadership as expressed in experiences in the participants' careers as school leaders; and strategies for using the dimensions of leadership for self-assessment, peer coaching, or other professional development activities. Resource list.