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Leading School Turnaround


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1. Starting Points for Understanding Turnaround Leadership. The Dynamic Context in Which Turnaround Leaders Work. 2. Reasons for School Failure. 3. A Staged Conception of School Turnaround Processes. 4. The Stages Illustrated: Rowlatt's Hill Primary School. What Turnaround Leaders Do and How They Do It. 5. How Turnaround Leaders Create a Shared Sense of Direction in Their Schools. 6. How Turnaround Leaders Foster Capacity Development Among Their Teachers. 7. How Turnaround Leaders Redesign Their School Organisations. 8. How Turnaround Leaders Manage Improvements in Their School?s Instructional Programme. 9. Turnaround Leadership Up Close and Personal. Outstanding Challenges. 10. Sustaining Performance: Achieving Satisfactory Performance and Aspiring to Much More. 11. Creating the Conditions for Stronger Relationships between Leadership and Student Learning. Appendix A: Methods Used For the Ontario Study. Appendix B: Methods Used For the UK Study.

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Kenneth Leithwood is professor of Educational Leadership andPolicy at Ontario Institute for Studies in Education at theUniversity of Toronto. He is chair of the American EducationResearch Association's Leadership and Administration division;co-editor of the journal Leadership and Policy in Schools;president of the Canadian Educational Leadership Network; andpresident of the Canadian Association for Curriculum Studies. Alma Harris first trained as a secondary school teacher andtaught in a number of challenging schools. She is the director ofthe London Centre for Leadership in Learning at the Institute ofEducation, London. Her research work focuses on organizationalchange and development. She is internationally known for her workon school improvement, particularly on improving schools inchallenging circumstances. Tiiu Strauss is a project director working with KennethLeithwood in the Department of Theory and Policy Studies at OntarioInstitute for Studies in Education at the University of Toronto.She has published in the areas of leadership problem solving,distributed leadership, and leadership in turnaround schools.


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