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The Productive High School

The Productive High School
Creating Personalized Academic Communities

February 2001 | 296 pages | Corwin
This book seeks to provide researched-based literature focused on high-school-level educational reform-an area not addressed very well by the current literature on school reform. The authors place the notion of "the productive high school" in a historical context, address research on productive high school classrooms, and link organizational structures and routines with enhanced learning.
Formation of the American High School

Development of the Comprehensive High School

Institutionalization of the Comprehensive High School

High Expectations
Personal Support
Academic Autonomy
Anchoring Schools on a Clearly Defined Learning Imperative
Building Schools on Humanized, Intellectual Relationships for Learning
Nesting Schools in a Dynamic, Adaptive Local Culture for Change
Linking Schools with Home and Family
Explanation and Integration
Exploring the Theoretical Underpinnings of Research on the Productive High School


"This important book explores the fundamental reasons why our secondary schools look and work in the ways that they do, and synthesizes a substantial body of research in a highly readable form. It should be part of every secondary administrator’s bookshelf and every university’s preparation program." 

Karen Seashore Louis
Professor and Director, Center for Applied Research and Educational Improvement, College of Education and Human Development, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis

"Educators rarely find so many thoughts so well organized and in a single volume...the combination of theory, research, and example is a strength of this book...the authors present a compelling vision of what high schools can be."

Paul Goldman
Associate Professor of Educational Leadership, University of Oregon
NASSP Bulletin

"Highly recommended for any educator in search of tips, tricks, and techniques for self improvement on the job." 

The Midwest Book Review
December 2001 issue

"This volume suggests powerful practice helpful for teachers, prospective teachers, and anyone with a vested interest in the contemporary public high school."

B. L. Nourie, Illinois State University
CHOICE, 2002

"The book should be useful to policy makers, teacher educators, administrators, schools, and communities planning for and working toward increased success and meaningful change in high schools. Its primary contribution is its potential to help schools understand why they are being encouraged to change in particular ways and what benefits they might expect from building on solid, empirical research."

Journal of Education for Students Place At Risk
Volume 8, Number 2, 2003

Joseph F. Murphy

Joseph F. Murphy is the Frank W. Mayborn Chair and associate dean at Peabody College of Education at Vanderbilt University. He has also been a faculty member at the University of Illinois and The Ohio State University, where he was the William Ray Flesher Professor of Education. In the public schools, he has served as an administrator at the school, district, and state levels, including an appointment as the executive assistant to the chief deputy superintendent of public instruction in California. His most recent appointment was as the founding president of the Ohio Principals Leadership Academy. At the university level, he has served as... More About Author

Lynn G. Beck

Lynn G. Beck is Dean of the School of Education at Pacific Lutheran University. Her research and teaching focuses on administrative ethics, principalship, and leadership preparation.   More About Author

Marilyn W. Crawford

Marilyn Crawford is currently serving as Director of the Office of Teaching and Learning in the School District of Lancaster in Pennsylvania, as well as continuing her work as a national consultant for middle and high school reform. More About Author

Amy Hodges

Amy Hodges is the House Principal in charge of Curriculum, Instruction and Assessment at McCaskey East High School in Lancaster, Pennsylvania. Her work involves implementing district-wide, standards-based reform at the high school level. More About Author

Charis Lee McGaughy

Dr. Charis McGaughy has worked within the educational arena for over two decades. She recently began serving as the chief of staff for the Eugene School District 4J. Prior to that, she was a director at the Educational Policy Improvement Center (EPIC) for almost 8 years. During her tenure, she worked all over the country on national, state, and district-level initiatives related to improving college and career readiness, and increasing secondary and postsecondary alignment. She has also worked at the state level for the Texas Education Agency and the Tennessee Department of Children Services. She began her career as a teacher, and has... More About Author

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