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ERIC Number: ED568772
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2007-Nov
Pages: 504
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
ISBN: 978-1-891792-75-5
ISSN: N/A
Managing School Districts for High Performance: Cases in Public Education Leadership
Childress, Stacey, Ed.; Elmore, Richard F., Ed.; Grossman, Allen, Ed.; Johnson, Susan Moore, Ed.
Harvard Education Press
"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. At the center of this work is the concept of organizational coherence: aligning organizational design, human capital management, resource allocation, and accountability and performance improvement systems to support an overarching strategy. This central idea provides a valuable conceptual framework for current and future school leaders. The case studies presented in "Managing School Districts for High Performance" grow out of the Public Education Leadership Project (PELP), a unique partnership between the Harvard Business School, the Harvard Graduate School of Education, and a network of urban school districts. This rich array of cases explores the managerial challenges districts face as they seek to ensure rich learning opportunities and high achievement for all students across a system of schools. The book opens with an Introduction, and "Learning by the Case Method": A Note for Education Administrators (John S. Hammond). Following are five modules. Each begins with an overview and one-to-five case studies. The modules that include case studies with authors are as follows: Module 1: Making Coherence Concrete, contains: Case 2: Bristol City Schools (BCS) (Richard F. Elmore, Allen S. Grossman and Modupe Akinola); Note on the PELP Coherence Framework (Stacey Childress, Richard F. Elmore, Allen S. Grossman and Caroline King); Case 3: Pursuing Educational Equity at San Francisco Unified School District (Stacey Childress and Robert Peterkin). Module 2: Finding and Supporting Personnel, contains: Case 2: Reinventing Human Resources at the School District of Philadelphia (David A. Thomas and Caroline King); Case 3: Staffing the Boston Public Schools (Susan Moore Johnson and Jennifer M. Suesse). Module 3: Building a High-Performing Organization, contains: Case 2: Learning to Manage with Data in Duval County Public Schools: Lake Shore Middle School (A) (Allen S. Grossman, James P. Honan and Caroline King); Case 3: Using Data to Improve Instruction at the Mason School (Susan Moore Johnson and Tiffany K. Cheng); Case 4: Compensation Reform at Denver Public Schools (Allen S. Grossman, Nancy Dean Beaulieu, Susan Moore Johnson and Jennifer M. Suesse); Case 5: Managing at Scale in the Long Beach Unified School District (James E. Austin, Allen S. Grossman, Robert B. Schwartz and Jennifer M. Suesse). Module 4: Managing Schools across Differences, contains: Case 1: Mercy Corps: Positioning the Organization to Reach New Heights (Allen S. Grossman and Caroline King); Case 2: Managing the Chicago Public Schools (Richard F. Elmore, Allen S. Grossman and Caroline King); Case 3: The STAR Schools Initiative at the San Francisco Unified School District (Stacey Childress and Jennifer M. Suesse); Case 4: Race, Accountability, and the Achievement Gap (A) (Karen L. Mapp, David A. Thomas and Tonika Cheek Clayton); Case 5: Race, Accountability, and the Achievement Gap (B) (Karen L. Mapp, David A. Thomas and Tonika Cheek Clayton). Module 5: Sustaining High Performance over Time, contains: Case 1: Meeting New Challenges at the Aldine Independent School District (Stacey Childress, Allen S. Grossman and Caroline King); Case 2: Long Beach Unified School District (A): Change That Leads to Improvement (1992-2002) (James E. Austin, Allen S. Grossman, Robert B. Schwartz and Jennifer M. Suesse); Case 3: Long Beach Unified School District (B): Sustaining Improvement during a Leadership Transition (2002-2004) (James P. Honan, Robert B. Schwartz, Allen S. Grossman and Jennifer M. Suesse). [For the related Instructor's Guide, see ED568773.]
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Publication Type: Books; Reports - Research; Collected Works - General
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: Harvard University, Graduate School of Education
Identifiers - Location: California (Long Beach); California (San Francisco); Colorado (Denver); Illinois (Chicago); Massachusetts (Boston); New York (New York); Pennsylvania (Philadelphia)