ERIC Number: ED419267
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1992
Creating the New American School: A Principal's Guide to School Improvement. Transforming Schools.
DuFour, Richard; Eaker, Robert
This book details the characteristics of schools that continue to provide their students with a good education. It integrates two important bodies of research in its findings: (1) the research on effective schools and the characteristics of effective schools; and (2) studies of effective business practices and the leadership behind those practices. Drawing on this research, the book makes 10 recommendations for those interested in moving a school toward excellence: (1) people improvement is crucial to school improvement; (2) excellent schools have a clear vision of their goals; (3) the day-to-day operation of excellent schools is guided by a few shared central values; (4) excellent schools have principals who are effective leaders; (5) the shaping of organizational culture and climate is critical to the creation of an excellent school; (6) the curriculum reflects the values of the school and provides a focus that helps teachers and students "stick to the knitting"; (7) excellent schools monitor what is important; (8) teachers in excellent schools are leaders within their classrooms; (9) excellent schools celebrate progress toward their vision; and (10) excellent schools are committed to continual renewal. (Contains 122 references.) (RJM)
Descriptors: Administrator Effectiveness, Change Strategies, Educational Change, Educational Improvement, Educational Innovation, Elementary Secondary Education, Excellence in Education, Instructional Leadership, Principals, Professional Development, School Administration
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Publication Type: Books; Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
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