Turning Around Failing Schools: Leadership Lessons from the Organizational Sciences

Turning Around Failing Schools: Leadership Lessons from the Organizational Sciences

By: Coby Meyers (author), Joseph F. Murphy (author)Paperback

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Most people are all familiar with the idea of turning around a failing business or nonprofit organization, and the literature on these topics is robust. But no such research base exists for turning around failing schools though state takeovers of failing schools has been a practice for at least a decade, and the number of failing schools needing to be turned around has skyrocketed. Murphy and Meyers have integrated the literature and research on the concept of turnarounds in businesses, non-profits, and schools for an insightful and detailed look at what schools can learn from other organizations in trouble of failing. By pulling out the leadership strategies and lessons learned, the authors illustrate how schools can use a new framework to craft successful reform initiatives.

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Joseph F. Murphy is the Frank W. Mayborn Chair and associate dean at Peabody College of Education at Vanderbilt University. He has also been a faculty member at the University of Illinois and The Ohio State University, where he was the William Ray Flesher Professor of Education. In the public schools, he has served as an administrator at the school, district, and state levels, including an appointment as the executive assistant to the chief deputy superintendent of public instruction in California. His most recent appointment was as the founding president of the Ohio Principals Leadership Academy. At the university level, he has served as department chair and associate dean. He is past vice president of the American Educational Research Association and was the founding chair of the Interstate School Leaders Licensure Consortium (ISLLC). He is co-editor of the AERA Handbook on Educational Administration (1999) and editor of the National Society for the Study of Education (NSSE) yearbook, The Educational Leadership Challenge (2002). His work is in the area of school improvement, with special emphasis on leadership and policy. He has authored or co-authored 18 books in this area and edited another 12. His most recent authored volumes include Understanding and Assessing the Charter School Movement (2002), Leadership for Literacy: Research-Based Practice, PreK-3 (2003), Connecting Teacher Leadership and School Improvement (2005), Preparing School Leaders: Defining a Research and Action Agenda (2006), and Turning Around Failing Schools: Lessons From the Organizational Sciences. Coby V. Meyers is a doctoral student in the Leadership, Policy, and Organizations program at Vanderbilt University. His current research interests include school improvement, sociology of education, and Islamic school education. Previously, he taught middle school and high school English at an Islamic school in the Chicago suburbs.


Preface About the Authors Part I. An Introduction 1. A Framework for Understanding Turnaround Part II. Decline and Failure 2. Symptoms of Decline 3. Causes of Organizational Failure 4. Crisis, Consequences, and Dysfunctional Reactions 5. Context and Analytic Frames for Turnarounds Part III. Retrenchment 6. Getting the Right Leadership 7. Diagnosing the Situation and Taking Emergency Action Part IV. Recovery 8. Pathways to Recovery: Operational Vision, Efficiencies, and Organizational Processes 9. Organizational Work Ethic and Products Part V. Understanding Turnarounds in Schools 10. Turning Around Failing Schools: The Landscape 11. Turning Around Failing Schools: The Evidence References Index

Product Details

  • publication date: 11/12/2007
  • ISBN13: 9781412940979
  • Format: Paperback
  • Number Of Pages: 368
  • ID: 9781412940979
  • weight: 576
  • ISBN10: 1412940974

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