Where Teachers Thrive

Where Teachers Thrive Organizing Schools for Success

Susan Moore Johnson
paper, 320 Pages
Pub. Date: June 2019
ISBN-13: 978-1-68253-358-1
Price: $34.00

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cloth, 320 Pages
Pub. Date: June 2019
ISBN-13: 978-1-68253-359-8
Price: $66.00

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In Where Teachers Thrive, Susan Moore Johnson outlines a powerful argument about the importance of the school as an organization in nurturing high‐quality teaching. Based on case studies conducted in fourteen high-poverty, urban schools, the book examines why some schools failed to make progress, while others achieved remarkable results. It explores the challenges that administrators and teachers faced and describes what worked, what didn’t work, and why.


Susan Moore Johnson makes a profound contribution to the development of the teaching profession at the very time it is most needed. The agenda for school success and achieving equity is now before us. — Michael Fullan, professor emeritus and former dean, University of Toronto, Ontario Institute for Studies in Education

In this exceptional book, Susan Moore Johnson urges readers to strengthen the features of teachers’ work environments that shape their ability to succeed with students. Where Teachers Thrive should be required reading for decision makers who care about deep and lasting educational improvement. — Randi Weingarten, president, American Federation of Teachers

Where Teachers Thrive presents compelling evidence that efforts to recruit and retain knowledgeable and dedicated teachers will likely fail unless they are coupled to a strategic focus on the schools in which teachers work. Vividly detailed chapters demonstrate the power of key systems—for hiring, collaboration, evaluation, and leadership—to help teachers thrive and schools succeed. — Judith Warren Little, Carol Liu Professor of Education Policy, emerita, University of California, Berkeley

In this important and timely book, Susan Moore Johnson argues that professional working conditions are the key to teachers thriving professionally. School leaders must foster an organizational culture that multiplies the impact of every teacher on student achievement. Johnson’s book points the way. — Kim Marshall, editor, Marshall Memo

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About the Author

Susan Moore Johnson is the Jerome T. Murphy Research Professor in Education at the Harvard Graduate School of Education, where she served as academic dean from 1993 to 1999.

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