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ERIC Number: ED527200
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Jan
Pages: 304
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
ISBN: ISBN-978-1-6070-9343-5
Leading Schools During Crisis: What School Administrators Must Know
Pepper, Matthew J.; London, Tim D.; Dishman, Mike L.; Lewis, Jessica L.
Rowman & Littlefield Education
School leadership is synonymous with challenge. However, some school leaders face true crises--situations threatening the continuing existence of their school. "Leading Schools During Crisis" analyzes leadership and behaviors of principals in these extraordinary circumstances. A simultaneously scholarly and practice-oriented book, "Leading Schools During Crisis" proposes the first school-specific model of defining and analyzing crises. Through authentic case studies, "Leading Schools During Crisis" offers a detailed theoretical and practical analysis of each crisis and the lessons from it for all school leaders. Highlights of the twelve case studies include: (1) P.S. 234, Manhattan; (2) George Washington Carver H.S., New Orleans, Louisiana; (3) Sobrante Park E.S., Oakland, California; and (4) Platte Canyon H.S, Bailey, Colorado. The table of contents contains the following: (1) Foreword; (2) Understanding Leadership During Crisis; Part 3 External-Unpredictable; (4) "The Birds Were on Fire"; (5) Chapter 5 "It was an area that was highly devastated--it received 8 or 9 feet of water."; (6) "A student [came] down and said there's a guy in the English classroom with a gun."; Part 7 Internal-Unpredictable; (8) "I thought, 'Oh, God. This is bad.' Then I found out it was much, much worse."; (9) "[H]e kept returning to, 'She cost me a cow!'"; Part 10 Internal-Predictable; (11) "I think that we finally have the people that we need to get the job done."; Part 12 External-Predictable; (13) "[V]ery typical teaching within a large district - dysfunctional and comfortable."; (14) "There weren't enough affluent white kids to spread out."; (15) "If you want to do good, but you don't want to fight for it, then go raise puppies."; (16) "You're not going to need that money this year, right?"; (17) "You begin to make progress after three years, and, all of a sudden, that is taken away from you."; (18) "It was like a steamroller. We sort of saw things coming and we couldn't prevent it."; (19) Six Principles for Leading Schools during Crisis. [Foreword by Andrew Porter.]
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Publication Type: Books; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Elementary Education; Elementary Secondary Education; High Schools; Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: California; Colorado; Louisiana; New York
Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: No Child Left Behind Act 2001