This insightful guide features concrete steps and suggestions that shed new light on the obstacles to avoid, the problems to correct, and the methods to embrace in order to overcome inertia and foster positive educational reform.
Big cities have struggled to improve public school systems. This book shows why—and offers a framework for achieving future success. Fullan and Boyle, internationally renowned thinkers on school change, demonstrate that while the educational challenges of big cities may be overwhelming, they are not insurmountable. They draw on ten years’ of research to identify six essential “push” and “pull” actions that enable big school systems to improve student achievement. Leaders must push to challenge the status quo, convey a high sense of urgency, and have the courage needed to intervene. But they need to also pull together to create a commonly-owned strategy, develop professional power, and attend to sustainability. Examining three major cities—New York, Toronto, and London—through the decade of 2002–2012, this book weaves case studies with careful analysis and recommendations to hone in on which policies and strategies work best to raise the bar for all students and reduce the gap for the disadvantaged. Big-City School Reforms offers invaluable advice to those leading the next phase of school reform in cities around the world. This is an eminently practical book that focuses on big problems and big solutions. “This encouraging book draws on the recent experiences of New York, London, and Toronto to identify what it takes to transform big-city school systems. It recognises their complexities without being overawed by them. By concentrating on the factors that seem to matter most, it offers real hope that we can now tackle some of the key issues that have frustrated reform efforts in the past.” —Geoff Whitty, director emeritus, Institute of Education, University of London, UK "Fullan and Boyle present a compelling framework for motivating and sustaining improvement in large urban school districts. The authors’ premise that system leaders must optimally balance push and pull strategies serves as an important lesson to school-level leaders as well.” —Sandra J. Stein, education and leadership consultant “In this important new book, Fullan and Boyle answer the most important question facing the leaders of the world's major cities: what will it take to significantly improve the quality of public education? Through a sophisticated analysis of the policies pursued in New York, Toronto, and London, the authors make it possible for us to see why some cities are making more progress than others. Their clear and compelling insights couldn't be more relevant and timely.” —Pedro A. Noguera, Peter L. Agnew Professor of Education, Steinhardt School of Culture, Education and Development, Executive Director, Metropolitan Center for Urban Education, New York University Michael Fullan, Order of Canada, is professor emeritus of the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education at the University of Toronto. Alan Boyle is director of Leannta Education Associates where he designs professional learning for education leaders.
In Against the Odds, scholars discuss the struggle and groundbreaking success of a Colorado school that split into seven smaller schools. Today, the Mapleton district is a testament to achievement and impactful reform within the small school model.
"Change (Transformation) in Government Organizations" discusses recent efforts to bring about change in government organizations. The book brings together contributions by a number of managers, practitioners, academics and consultants in the study of international, federal, state, and local government efforts to respond to increased calls for change (transformation) in public sector organizations. Each contributor describes their work in this area using as a backdrop the fact that public sector organizations continue to be under new and substantial pressures to change and transform themselves. Hence a collection of current contributions such as those in this book are intended to add to the ongoing debates and rewriting of the success and failures of change in public sector organizations. The ultimate purpose of this book is to further our knowledge about the related issues and current efforts to bring about change or transformation in public sector organizations. The contributors, all experts with extensive experience as change agents in both public and private sector organizations not only support their analyses and discussions of specific cases and change (transformation) management issues but also provide practical tools, ideas and lessons learned, intended to be generalizable to other public sector agencies and helpful to those responsible for developing, implementing and evaluating similar efforts in the years to come. The audience for the book will be government managers, scholars and others interested in undertaking or learning about such efforts.
Within the broad scope of school reform lies the issue of teacher professionalism and teacher professionalization. The professionalism of teachers and the desire to either increase or decrease the professionalization of the vocation is implicated in essentially all of the reform literature. Since there is a significant split within the literature and the debate at large between those advocating greater professionalization and increased teacher autonomy and status, and those advocating more control through increased standardization and greater accountability, this study attempts to properly frame that debate to illustrate the variances in treatment and power that teachers individually and through their organizations are afforded. Ultimately then, conclusions can be reached based on the rhetoric of the reform debate and the reality of the working conditions of teachers. This book allows the reader to better understand the professionalism debate within the reform literature and thereby to better assess professionalism. Given the historical, legal, social, and political impediments to greater teacher professionalization, school reform measures that focus generally upon increasing the status and power of teachers or decreasing the status and power of teachers largely misses the point. The author argues that the present school reform debate is largely a debate over words, more than a practical plan for school improvement. The debate will be greatly advanced by widespread realization and acceptance of what we already know to be true: that different persons, places, and situations require different responses in order to maximize their potential.
A Report Based on the First Meeting of the Carnegie Economic Reform Network
Author: Daniel Morrow
Category: Educational change
Presents "The Political Challenges of Advancing Economic Reforms in Latin America," a report by the Carnegie Economic Reform Network (CERN) of the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace (CEIP). Discusses strengthening the banking system and advancing educational reform in Latin America. Links to other related Web sites. Posts contact information via mailing address, telephone and fax numbers, and e-mail for CEIP in Washington, D.C.