There's no mystery in turning around low-performing or failing schools, but there are also no recipes. In Turnaround Principals for Underperforming Schools Rosemary Papa and Fenwick English identify the essential ingredients for success. The causes of failure are complex and interactive. Schools are not inert structures but living organisms. Putting schools back together is a collaborative venture. It takes a team to turn around a school, but it all begins with the leadership. The key to success rests in a school leader who has a fundamental understanding of the dynamics of schooling, human motivation, and possesses the resiliency and energy to engage in altering the internal landscape of an unsuccessful school. Two veteran educators have put together a work based on their research and experience for the past half-century. They pull no punches. The challenge is not only to turn low-performing or failing schools around, but to enable them to become more socially just places for all students.
Rosemary Papa is The Del and Jewel Lewis Endowed Chair in the College of Education at Northern Arizona University. Fenwick W. English is the R. Wendell Eaves Senior Distinguished Professor of educational leadership in the School of Education at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Chapter 1 CHAPTER ONE: Taking the Mystery Out of Turning Around Underperforming and Failing Schools Chapter 2 CHAPTER TWO: Selecting Change Models: Changing What for What? Chapter 3 CHAPTER THREE: Activist Leadership to Improve Schooling and Life Chances Chapter 4 CHAPTER FOUR: The Yin and Yang of Successful School Turnarounds Chapter 5 CHAPTER FIVE: It Takes Socially Just Activist Leaders to Turn Around Schools Chapter 6 Appendix 1: Heuristics for the Activist Leader Chapter 7 Appendix 2: Explicit Leader Beliefs and Actions Chapter 8 Appendix 3: Trouble Shooting Guide