1st Edition

New Schools for a New Century
A Leader's Guide to High School Reform



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ISBN 9781884015380
Published February 28, 1995 by Routledge
248 Pages

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Book Description

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.

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

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