A recent study estimates that the number of schools who miss the AYP mark will more than double to 5,000 schools in 2009-2010. Applying the turnaround processes successfully used in the corporate world to the education market, Leading School Turnaround offers new perspectives and concrete, evidence-based guidelines for the educational leaders and administrators faced with the challenge of turning their low-performing schools around. Presenting new evidence from a series of studies conducted in the US, Canada, and England, the book gives leaders tools to guide their schools to higher levels of achievement.
Kenneth Leithwood is professor of Educational Leadership and Policy at Ontario Institute for Studies in Education at the University of Toronto. He is chair of the American Education Research Association's Leadership and Administration division; co-editor of the journal Leadership and Policy in Schools; president of the Canadian Educational Leadership Network; and president of the Canadian Association for Curriculum Studies. Alma Harris first trained as a secondary school teacher and taught in a number of challenging schools. She is the director of the London Centre for Leadership in Learning at the Institute of Education, London. Her research work focuses on organizational change and development. She is internationally known for her work on school improvement, particularly on improving schools in challenging circumstances. Tiiu Strauss is a project director working with Kenneth Leithwood in the Department of Theory and Policy Studies at Ontario Institute for Studies in Education at the University of Toronto. She has published in the areas of leadership problem solving, distributed leadership, and leadership in turnaround schools.
1. Starting Points for Understanding Turnaround Leadership. The Dynamic Context in Which Turnaround Leaders Work. 2. Reasons for School Failure. 3. A Staged Conception of School Turnaround Processes. 4. The Stages Illustrated: Rowlatt's Hill Primary School. What Turnaround Leaders Do and How They Do It. 5. How Turnaround Leaders Create a Shared Sense of Direction in Their Schools. 6. How Turnaround Leaders Foster Capacity Development Among Their Teachers. 7. How Turnaround Leaders Redesign Their School Organisations. 8. How Turnaround Leaders Manage Improvements in Their School s Instructional Programme. 9. Turnaround Leadership Up Close and Personal. Outstanding Challenges. 10. Sustaining Performance: Achieving Satisfactory Performance and Aspiring to Much More. 11. Creating the Conditions for Stronger Relationships between Leadership and Student Learning. Appendix A: Methods Used For the Ontario Study. Appendix B: Methods Used For the UK Study.