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Applied Research for Sustainable Change

A Guide for Education Leaders
Sharon M. Ravitch and Nicole Mittenfelner Carl

In Applied Research for Sustainable Change, Sharon M. Ravitch and Nicole Mittenfelner Carl draw on twenty years of teaching and research to offer an incisive guide to practitioner-led qualitative research. They make the case for “local knowledge generation”—inquiry-based, school-level research that can contextualize quantitative data, enrich insight, and guide leaders in making more effective decisions leading to sustainable organizational change.
 

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Becoming a School Principal

Learning to Lead, Leading to Learn
Sarah E. Fiarman, Foreword by Richard F. Elmore

The principal’s role is increasingly understood as a critical lever for school improvement. Yet the job can be a solitary one, offering few opportunities to reflect with colleagues. What does it take to manage the work of continuous improvement—to push staff members constantly to operate outside their comfort zones? What dilemmas and challenges must principals confront? How can school leaders learn from their mistakes and move forward?

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Cage-Busting Leadership

Frederick M. Hess

A practical and entertaining volume, Cage-Busting Leadership will be of profound interest and value to school and district leaders—and to everyone with a stake in school improvement.

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Culturally Responsive School Leadership

Muhammad Khalifa, Foreword by Lisa Delpit

Culturally Responsive School Leadership focuses on how school leaders can effectively serve minoritized students—those who have been historically marginalized in school and society. The book demonstrates how leaders can engage students, parents, teachers, and communities in ways that positively impact learning by honoring indigenous heritages and local cultural practices.

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Helping Educators Grow

Strategies and Practices for Leadership Development
Eleanor Drago-Severson

How can we prepare practicing and aspiring education leaders for the complex, adaptive challenges they face? In Helping Educators Grow, Eleanor Drago-Severson presents a new approach to leadership development.

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Real Leaders, Real Schools

Stories of Success Against Enormous Odds
Gerald C. Leader, with Amy F. Stern

Real Leaders, Real Schools tells the stories of five urban public school principals who led their schools
through profound and transformative changes. In each of these cases, their efforts resulted in dramatic
improvements in student achievement—improvements that occurred within the current environment
of high-stakes tests.

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Resourceful Leadership

Tradeoffs and Tough Decisions on the Road to School Improvement
By Elizabeth A. City, foreword by Karen Hawley Miles

In Resourceful Leadership, Elizabeth A. City examines decisions about the use of three key resources—time, money, and staff—and how tradeoffs among them are integrated into school leaders’ improvement strategies. She undertakes a detailed study of two small urban high schools in their first year of conversion from a large, comprehensive high school.

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Spotlight on Leadership and School Change

No. 4 in the Harvard Education Letter Spotlight Series
Edited by Nancy Walser and Caroline Chauncey

Scratch the surface of a successful school and you will find a web of interactions that is the root of its success. Who is it that envisions, inspires, cajoles, and rallies all the various players in and around a school toward any improvement goal? Often it’s a superintendent, a principal, a professor, a special teacher, or a parent. In a word, it’s a leader. This latest volume in the Harvard Education Letter Spotlight Series brings together 20 recent articles that highlight the ways leadership has made a difference in schools.

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The 21st-Century Principal

Current Issues in Leadership and Policy
Edited by Milli Pierce and Deborah L. Stapleton

This collection includes leading thinkers in the field of education who aim to inspire new thinking and bold action, all with an eye toward improving public schools and the leadership abilities of those entrusted to lead them.

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The Alliance Way

The Making of a Bully-Free School
Tina M. Owen-Moore

Award-winning educator Tina M. Owen-Moore details the beliefs and practices that made the Alliance School of Milwaukee the focus of national attention as the first school to open with the mission of being bully-free. The Alliance Way illustrates how creating a safe, inclusive, and academically challenging environment goes beyond a programming approach that targets bullying to a more holistic one in which building relationships takes center stage.

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