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- DescriptionAchieving Coherence in District Improvement focuses on a problem of practice faced by educational leaders across the nation: how to effectively manage the relationship between the central office and schools. The book is based on a study of five large urban districts that have demonstrated improvement in student achievement. The authors-all members of Harvard University's Public Education Leadership Project (PELP)-argue that there is one best way to structure the central offi ce-school relationship. Instead, they say, what matters is whether district leaders eff ectively select and implement their strategy by achieving coherence among key elementsand actors-the district's environment, resources, systems, structures, stakeholders, and culture. The authors examine the fi ve districts' approaches in detail and point to a number of important findings. First, they emphasize that a clear, shared understanding of decision rights in key areas-academic programming, budgeting, and staffing-is essential to developing an eff ective central office-school relationship. Second, they stress the importance of building mutually supportive and trusting relationships between district leaders and principals. Third, they highlight the ways that culture and the external environment infl uence the relationship between the central office and schools. Each chapter also provides relevant Lessons for Practice -actionable takeaways-that educational leaders from any district can use to improve the central office-school relationship.
- Author BiographySusan Moore Johnson is the Jerome T. Murphy Research Professor in Education at the Harvard Graduate School of Education, USA. Geoff Marietta is an instructor in education and doctoral candidate at the Harvard Graduate School of Education, USA. Monica C. Higgins is a professor of education at the Harvard Graduate School of Education, USA. Karen L. Mapp is a senior lecturer on education at the Harvard Graduate School of Education and the faculty director of the Education Policy and Management master's program, USA. Allen Grossman is a former Harvard Business School professor of management practice, USA.
- Author(s)Allen Grossman,Geoff Marietta,Karen L. Mapp,Monica C. Higgins,Susan Moore Johnson
- PublisherHarvard Educational Publishing Group
- Date of Publication30/04/2015
- SubjectEducation & Teaching
- Place of PublicationCambridge
- Country of PublicationUnited States
- ImprintHarvard Educational Publishing Group
- Content Noteillustrations
- Weight386 g
- Width152 mm
- Height229 mm
- Spine15 mm
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