Breaking Through: Transforming Urban School Districts

Breaking Through: Transforming Urban School Districts

By: John Simmons (author), Deborah Meier (foreword_author)Hardback

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Is it possible to fundamentally improve the daily workings of the urban classroom in less than seven years? According to John Simmons, it will take a revolution in the way that leaders of urban school systems think and operate, from the classroom to the boardroom. In this ambitious volume, Simmons and a stellar group of contributors, including Linda Darling-Hammond, Richard Elmore, Michael Fullan, Charlotte Danielson, Susan Moore Johnson, Adam Urbanski, Alan Odden, and Valerie Lee, bring the best current research to bear on a range of critical topics, creating a practical framework that superintendents and their teams can use to transform their big-city school systems into true learning communities. As it integrates many voices into a larger vision, this book: demonstrates convincingly how current, cutting-edge thinking about system change in business has been used to successfully transform schools and close the achievement gap among diverse students; provides an overview and assessment of the reform efforts of current large-district superintendents, including Alan Bersin, Tom Payzant, Arne Duncan, and Kaye Stripling; directs the reader towards a larger understanding of issues and priorities with three principles and four key strategies; applies current research to illuminate what has succeeded and what has not worked in cities such as Boston, San Diego, Houston, and especially Chicago; and, features the perspectives and experiences of notable experts who have been working in the trenches of school reform for decades.

About Author

John Simmons is President of Strategic Learning Initiatives, a not-for-profit focusing on organizational improvement, especially with public schools

Product Details

  • ISBN13: 9780807746585
  • Format: Hardback
  • Number Of Pages: 264
  • ID: 9780807746585
  • ISBN10: 0807746584

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