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District-Based Leadership

Districts That Succeed

Breaking the Correlation Between Race, Poverty, and Achievement
Karin Chenoweth

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In Districts That Succeed, long-time education writer Karin Chenoweth turns her attention from effective schools to effective districts. Leveraging new, cutting-edge national research on district performance as well as in-depth reporting, Chenoweth profiles five districts that have successfully broken the correlation between race, poverty, and achievement.


Education Reform in New York City

Ambitious Change in the Nation’s Most Complex School System
Edited by Jennifer A. O’Day, Catherine S. Bitter, and Louis M. Gomez

Written in an accessible style by highly respected scholars, the papers in this volume document and analyze particular components of the Children First reforms, including governance, community engagement, finance, accountability, and instruction.


How to Change 5000 Schools

A Practical and Positive Approach for Leading Change at Every Level
Ben Levin

In How to Change 5000 Schools, Ben Levin, former deputy minister of education for the province of Ontario, draws on his experience overseeing major systemwide education reforms in Canada and England to set forth a refreshingly positive, pragmatic, and optimistic approach to leading educational change at all levels.


Instructional Rounds in Education

A Network Approach to Improving Teaching and Learning
Elizabeth A. City, Richard F. Elmore, Sarah E. Fiarman, and Lee Teitel, foreword by Andrew Lachman

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Instructional Rounds in Education is intended to help education leaders and practitioners develop a shared understanding of what high-quality instruction looks like and what schools and districts need to do to support it.


Managing School Districts for High Performance

Cases in Public Education Leadership
Edited by Stacey Childress, Richard F. Elmore, Allen Grossman, and Susan Moore Johnson

Managing School Districts for High Performance brings together more than twenty case studies and other readings that offer a powerful and transformative approach to advancing and sustaining the work of school improvement.


Strategy in Action

How School Systems Can Support Powerful Learning and Teaching
Rachel E. Curtis and Elizabeth A. City, foreword by Beverly L. Hall

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How can we systemically improve the quality of classroom instruction and the learning and achievement of students? In an era when isolated examples of excellence are not good enough, we need systems that support improvement and excellence for all. This book describes how systems can effectively engage in this complex, challenging, and crucial work.


The Case for District-Based Reform

Leading, Building, and Sustaining School Improvement
Jonathan A. Supovitz

2008 "Districts in Research and Reform" Publication Award, American Educational Research Association

In 1999, the Duval County (Fla.) school system set out to improve every school in the district. Over the next five years, the district achieved stunning results that have drawn nationwide attention. Jonathan A. Supovitz uses the unfolding story of Duval County to develop a sophisticated and thoughtful analysis of the role of the school district in enacting large-scale reform.


The Essential School Board Book

Better Governance in the Age of Accountability
Nancy Walser, foreword by Richard F. Elmore

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2009 Notable Education Book, American School Board Journal

The Essential School Board Book
highlights effective practices that are common to high-functioning boards around the country—boards that are working successfully with their superintendents and communities to improve teaching and learning.