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1st Edition

Leading Schools in an Era of Declining Resources

ISBN 9780415734813
Published May 28, 2014 by Routledge
198 Pages

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Book Description

Every day, school leaders across the country are having to make difficult decisions in this economically demanding environment. If you are a leader facing this challenge in your own school or district, this is the book you need! Experienced educators Johnston and Williamson offer practical advice to help you tackle a variety of tough issues, including staff reductions and program termination. You’ll learn how to…

  • Wring every bit of performance out of every available dollar
  • Plan innovations and evaluate their effectiveness
  • Engage faculty and the community
  • Streamline operations using digital technology and social media
  • Use four strategies—reduce, refine, restructure, and regenerate—to make your school more efficient and effective

Each chapter is filled with tips, tools, exercises, and mini-cases to help you apply these ideas to your own situation. You’ll gain the confidence and knowledge to manage your budget while ensuring your students get the full benefit of a quality education.

Table of Contents

Meet the Authors


Part 1: Welcome to the New Normal

Chapter 1: Good News, Bad News: Introducing the Landscape of the New Normal

Part 2: Leading and Prospering in the New Normal Environment

Chapter 2: Critical role of leadership in the new normal environment

Chapter 3: Leadership Competencies and Skills for the New Normal Environment

Chapter 4: Changing leader roles

Part 3: Strategies for Prospering in the New Normal Environment: The Four Rs.

Chapter 5: Reducing the Budget

Chapter 6: Refining School Practices and Stretching the School Dollar

Chapter 7: Re-prioritize School Goals and Functions

Chapter 8: Regenerate with Partnerships and Sponsorships

Chapter 9: Regenerate with Fees, Grants, Contracts and Entrepreneurial Activity

Part 4: Tools and Strategies

Chapter 10: Leadership Tools and Strategies

Chapter 11: Technology Tools

    • Digital resources for school leadership
    • Social Media and leadership
    • Using technology to generate resources

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J. Howard Johnston is Professor of Secondary Education at the University of South Florida. He is the recipient of the NASSP’s Distinguished Service Award and NMSA's John Lounsbury Award for lifetime achievement. He is also the author of seven books and more than one hundred fifty publications.

Ronald Williamson is Professor of Educational Leadership at Eastern Michigan University. He has served as Executive Director of the National Middle School Association and as President of the National Forum to Accelerate Middle Grades Reform. He is also the author of seven books.


"Navigating the complexities of the educational landscape is a challenge, at best. Translating the reality emanating from this complexity into strategic and tactical action designed to build collective capacity and improve student performance is even more challenging.

Johnston and Williamson have created a practical and reader-friendly ‘travel guide’ that steers the reader through obstacles and opportunities confronting school leaders. Your route to success is enhanced by the authors’ experience and informed perspective."

--Richard A. Flanary, Deputy Executive for Programs & Services, National Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP)

"Johnston and Williamson have taken a challenging topic for school officials—lack of funding—and provided practical strategies for school leaders and educators. The Four Rs for leading schools—Reduce, Refine, Restructure, and Regenerate—offer real school examples and scenarios to respond to the changes in the education landscape. School leaders faced with similar problems will find this book a valuable resource."

--William D. Waidelich, EdD, CAE, Executive Director, Association for Middle Level Education