New Schools for a New Century: A Leader's Guide to High School Reform, 1st Edition (Hardback) book cover

New Schools for a New Century

A Leader's Guide to High School Reform, 1st Edition

By Tewel


248 pages

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Hardback: 9781884015380
pub: 1995-02-28

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Combining both the theory as well as the practice of the education reform process, this unique breakthrough volume focuses on every aspect of the change process in high school education today. Short- and long-term strategies for each phase of the process-provoking, creating, managing, supporting, and sustaining reform-are covered.

Based on the real-life experiences of the author and others, this book recognizes that most high school reform is short-lived. It stresses the ways to create and maintain positive change, making the process a long-lasting, worthwhile mission for the school's leadership and ultimately the students.

Short, useful summaries of high school reform provide true-life pictures of what really happens in the midst of changing the way educational institutions operate. These stories cover school-based management, collaborative or shared leadership, school-within-a-school groupings, interdisciplinary instruction, school-based budgeting, new models for professional development, and others. Through these examples, readers can understand how reform strategies work and how to apply and adapt them to their own situations.

As an added feature, this book provides the names and locations of schools attempting each reform as well as the names and addresses of school reform networks that readers can contact in their own efforts.


"(One) of the year's best reading. (Tewel) makes a case for major restructuring that can last."

The American School Board Journal

Table of Contents


The Way Things Are Now

Purpose of This Book

Overview of the

The Way It Is: Thinking and Planning Barriers to Reform in High Schools

The Case for Change

A Working Definition of High School Restructuring

Does Restructuring Make a Difference?

The Institutional Barriers to Restructuring

Barriers to Reform

Lane High School Restructuring: The Plan and The Process

Background and Social Context

A New Administration

The New School Plan

Implementation of the Redesign Plan

The Restructuring of Lane High School: Ruminations and Reflections

The Lessons Learned

Concluding Remarks

The Reforms

Westbrook High School

Restructuring the School Organization

Transforming the Classroom

Changing the School Climate

National Reform Networks

Networks that Provide Additional Sources of Information

New Roles and New Behaviors for New Approaches to Leadership

The Administrator's Changing Role in Restructuring Schools

Two Principals: Two Visions, Two Roles, Two Results

A Changed Role for Principals

Dealing with Habits of Mind

Igniting the Fire: Getting the Change Process Started

The Stages of the Restructuring Process

Beacon High School: A Case Study

Peak Performance Schools Need a New Model for Human Development

A New Model for Professional development at Harrison High School

Professional Development Strategies for Changing Teaching and Learning

A New Paradigm for Professional Development and Professionalism

An Improved Professional Climate at Harrison High School

Building the Capacity of Middle Managers:Assistant Principals and Department Heads

The Old Rules Are Gone, But Where Are the New Ones?

Frustration and Astonishment

Understanding the New Organizational Dynamics in a Restructuring High School

The Importance of Top Management Support

Promoting a New Managerial Style

The First Meeting with Teachers Following Up: Meeting II

Goal Setting

Continuing the Cycle


Building New Relationships with Teachers: Listening, Problem Solving, and Communicating Tools to Facilitate the Change Process

Becoming a Better Listener

Approaches to Problem Solving

When Teachers Will Not Cooperate

Improving Communication

Constructive Steps

Costs of Procrastination


Putting It All Together: Provoking, Promoting, and Supporting Reform

Thinking and Planning Approaches for School Restructuring

Building Staff Support for Change

Creating a School Climate that Nurtures Change

Managing Change

Creating an Organization that Promotes Change

Using Scheduling to Facilitate Change


Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS / Government & Business