Most guides to the process of turning around low-performing schools are written for principals and policy makers. Teachers, however, are the individuals expected to conduct the "heavy lifting" of school improvement. Teachers' Guide to School Improvement is the first book on the subject written expressly for teachers. In this expanded second edition, teachers are shown a step-by-step process for raising student achievement, beginning with the diagnosis of the causes of low achievement and extending through the crucial first year of turnaround and beyond. Examples of effective turnaround practices are drawn from a variety of elementary, middle, and high schools.
Daniel L. Duke is a leading authority on the school turnaround process. In addition to conducting extensive research into the most effective strategies for improving low-performing schools, Duke has worked with more than 150 school systems and state agencies on the development of school improvement plans and turnaround leaders. He is Professor of Educational Leadership at the University of Virginia. Pamela D. Tucker is a former special education teacher and school administrator who now is Professor of Educational Leadership and Program Director of the Educational Leadership Program at the University of Virginia. Tucker has written extensively on teacher evaluation and the school turnaround process. Michael J. Salmonowicz has spent a decade studying school turnaround at the University of Virginia and the University of Chicago. A former public school teacher and administrator, he taught in Chicago's first turnaround high school.
Preface Chapter 1: It Takes a Faculty to Turn around a School Chapter 2: School Turnaround Is Not a Myth Chapter 3: Why Are Some Schools Less Successful Than Other Schools? Chapter 4: Inquiring into the Health of Your School Chapter 5: Taking Stock: The First Step in the Planning Process Chapter 6: Thinking Strategically about Turnaround Strategies Chapter 7: The First Year of the School Turnaround Process Chapter 8: Turning around a School with a New Faculty Chapter 9: Keys to Sustaining a Successful School Turnaround Chapter 10: Those Who Can, Teach; Those Who Can Teach, Change Chapter 11: Turnaround Resources Appendix A: Need for Change Assessment Appendix B: Conditions Associated with Low Performance in Schools Appendix C: Student Assessment of Learning Environment (SALE) Grades 3-12 Appendix D: First Steps: A Diagnostic Tool for School Turnaround Specialists Appendix E: What Works and What Doesn't Work with School Turnarounds? Appendix F: Turnaround Tips Organized by Chapter Appendix G: Turnaround Traps Organized by Chapter About the Authors