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Turning Around Failing Schools
Leadership Lessons From the Organizational Sciences



August 2007 | 368 pages | Corwin
Most people are all familiar with the idea of turning around a failing business or nonprofit organization, and the literature on these topics is robust. But no such research base exists for turning around failing schools though state takeovers of failing schools has been a practice for at least a decade, and the number of failing schools needing to be turned around has skyrocketed.

Murphy and Meyers have integrated the literature and research on the concept of turnarounds in businesses, non-profits, and schools for an insightful and detailed look at what schools can learn from other organizations in trouble of failing. By pulling out the leadership strategies and lessons learned, the authors illustrate how schools can use a new framework to craft successful reform initiatives.

 
Preface
 
About the Authors
 
Part I. An Introduction
 
1. A Framework for Understanding Turnaround
 
Part II. Decline and Failure
 
2. Symptoms of Decline
 
3. Causes of Organizational Failure
 
4. Crisis, Consequences, and Dysfunctional Reactions
 
5. Context and Analytic Frames for Turnarounds
 
Part III. Retrenchment
 
6. Getting the Right Leadership
 
7. Diagnosing the Situation and Taking Emergency Action
 
Part IV. Recovery
 
8. Pathways to Recovery: Operational Vision, Efficiencies, and Organizational Processes
 
9. Organizational Work Ethic and Products
 
Part V. Understanding Turnarounds in Schools
 
10. Turning Around Failing Schools: The Landscape
 
11. Turning Around Failing Schools: The Evidence
 
References
 
Index

"Written for educators but drawing on evidence from many sectors, this book provides critical understandings on the causes of organizational decline, a comprehensive conception of the turnaround process, and powerful insights for transforming failing schools into the kind we all want for our children."

Kenneth Leithwood, Professor of Educational Leadership & Policy
Ontario Institute for Studies in Education, University of Toronto

"Murphy and Meyers do a first-rate job of mapping the territory of school turnarounds and identifying the options for educators to consider and researchers to investigate."

Daniel L. Duke, Professor of Educational Leadership and Research
University of Virginia

“Chapters cover the basics of educational reforms as they apply in real-world situations, making this an invaluable pick for any administrator or policy maker interested in reform processes.”

California Bookwatch, January 2008
Midwest Book Review

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

Coby V. Meyers

Coby V. Meyers is a doctoral student in the Leadership, Policy, and Organizations program at Vanderbilt University. His current research interests include school improvement, sociology of education, and Islamic school education. Previously, he taught middle school and high school English at an Islamic school in the Chicago suburbs. More About Author

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