What’s missing in education reform in the United States? The answer is leadership; specifically, the ability of school and district leaders to construct and continually nurture a culture of sustained high performance. A true leader needs to have not only a vision of the desired culture, but the skills and information necessary to make that vision a reality. Providing a combined 70 years of classroom and administrative experience, renowned authors James Guthrie and Patrick Schuermann offer a practice-based approach, grounded in research and theory, to achieving and maintaining an atmosphere of success in schools through effective leadership.
- Case Study 1: Buchanan School: Can School Culture Get Better Than This?
- Chapter 1: Defining and Specifying the Significance of School Culture
- Case Study 2: Possible Reform at Washington High School: How Far Can a Productive Culture Stretch?
- Chapter 2: Components of a High-Performing School Culture
- Case Study 3: Walton Charter Prepares to Select a Head: What Kind of Leader Might Create a Productive Culture?
- Chapter 3: Leadership and Effective School Culture
- Case Study 4: Warren County School Board Performance Pay Cram Down: Can a Productive Culture Withstand an Unexpected External Pressure?
- Chapter 4: Personnel and School Culture
- Case Study 5: The Challenge of an (almost) Brand-New School: Can the past Be Blended with the New to form a Productive Culture?
- Chapter 5: Resource Deployment and School Culture
- Case Study 6: Data, Data Everywhere but Hardly a Drop of Useful Information
- Chapter 6: Data-Driven Decision Making and School Culture
- Case Study 7: “My Way” Ray and the “New” Accountability
- Chapter 7: Assessments, Accountability, Awards, and School Culture
- Case Study 8: A Principal Opening at the Grant School: Can a Dysfunctional Culture Be Undone?
- Chapter 8: Contextual Challenges to the Formation of a Learning Culture