School Turnarounds

School Turnarounds The Essential Role of Districts

Heather Zavadsky, foreword by Steven J. Adamowski
cloth, 264 Pages
Pub. Date: May 2012
ISBN-13: 978-1-61250-135-2
Price: $49.95

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Pub. Date: May 2012
ISBN-13: 978-1-61250-271-7
paper, 264 Pages
Pub. Date: May 2012
ISBN-13: 978-1-61250-134-5
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The inspiration for this book was a crucial observation: that if the school turnaround movement is to have widespread and lasting consequences, it will need to incorporate meaningful district involvement in its efforts.


Reform through school turnaround is a controversial and complex topic. Heather Zavadsky addresses an often overlooked but critical component of the process: the district’s role in supporting school change. Her case studies allow readers to evaluate concrete strategies and examples to determine possible uses in their own reform efforts. This book is a great tool for campus and district leaders. — Wanda Bamberg, superintendent of schools, Aldine (Texas) Independent School District

This is an essential book on school turnarounds and the important role that school districts must play in supporting them. It is refreshing to have not only examples of what can be done to improve ineffective schools but also detailed examples of how to implement those reforms. — Thomas W. Payzant, professor of practice, Harvard Graduate School of Education

School Turnarounds provides practical, proven strategies for effective, sustainable reforms. The book is a how-to guide for the use of data, communication, and collaboration to manage change that affects classroom instruction directly. A must-read for every reform-minded administrator and school board member responsible for schools public or private. — Edwin Flores, trustee, Dallas Independent School District

School Turnarounds is a thought provoking, must read for anyone in education reform. The book provides a ray of hope that visionary leaders might be able to fix the broken systems which have played a significant role in creating broken schools. — Jason O'Brien, Journal of School Choice

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About the Author

Heather ZavadskyHeather Zavadsky is the director of research and implementation at the Texas High School Project and the author of Bringing School Reform to Scale: Five Award-Winning Urban Districts (Harvard Education Press, 2009).

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