9780807746486

What School Boards Can Do

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  • ISBN13:

    9780807746486

  • ISBN10:

    0807746487

  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2006-05-01
  • Publisher: Teachers College Pr

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Summary

To provide essential guidance to urban school board members committed to high achievement for all children, Don McAdams presents a comprehensive approach to board leadership he calls reform governance. This accessible framework brings together all the work of an urban school board, including everything from big ideas about core beliefs and theories of action for change to the fundamental relationships and processes through which boards and superintendents work together and the leadership role boards have in building community support for sustained change. Taking into account the hot political arena of urban education, reform governance: Helps school board members understand why it is necessary to redesign urban districts and what their role in the process should be, Sets forth principles that boards can use as guides to action, and gives real-life examples of how they work, Shows how a strong board and superintendent team can work together to be agents for change. Book jacket.

Author Biography

Donald R. McAdams is president of the Center for Reform of School Systems

Table of Contents

Foreword xi
Rod Paige
Preface xiii
Acknowledgments xvii
Introduction 1(4)
Why Boards Must Lead
5(8)
School Districts
5(2)
Superintendent Leadership
7(1)
Direct and Indirect Democratic Control
8(1)
School Boards and Superintendents
9(4)
Reform Governance: An Overview
13(9)
Core Beliefs and Commitments
14(1)
Theories of Action for Change
15(1)
Roles, Responsibilities, and Relationships
16(1)
Building Blocks of Reform Governance
17(1)
Policy Development and Oversight
18(1)
Policies to Transform Urban Districts
19(1)
Building Civic Capacity
19(1)
Transition Planning
20(1)
The Reform Governance Framework
21(1)
Core Beliefs and Commitments
22(11)
The Big Question
22(1)
Core Beliefs and Commitments
23(7)
Standards and Assessments
30(1)
The Hope for America
31(2)
Theories of Action for Change
33(31)
Theory of Action for Change
33(3)
Comprehensive Theories of Action for Incremental Improvements
36(3)
Comprehensive Theories of Action to Transform Urban Districts
39(18)
Accountability, Empowerment, and Capacity
57(1)
Choosing a Theory of Action
58(6)
Roles, Responsibilities, and Relationships
64(20)
The Governance Challenge
64(2)
Relationship Spheres
66(8)
Constituent Service Versus Micromanagement
74(4)
Management Oversight
78(3)
Follow or Lead?
81(3)
Building Blocks of Reform Governance
84(15)
Board Meetings
84(6)
Judicial Hearings
90(1)
Board Workshops
90(2)
Board Committees
92(3)
Administrative Support
95(2)
Conclusion
97(2)
Policy Development and Oversight
99(13)
Policy Context
99(2)
Routine Operating Policies
101(2)
Reform Policies
103(1)
Policy Development Methods
103(4)
Policy Development Principles
107(3)
Policy Oversight
110(2)
Policies to Transform Urban Districts
112(21)
Policy Framework for Performance/Empowerment
114(8)
Policy Framework for Managed Instruction
122(5)
Policy Framework for Managed Performance/Empowerment
127(2)
Policy Framework for Charter Districts
129(1)
Reform Governance Policy Leadership
130(3)
Building Civic Capacity and Transition Planning
133(12)
Building Civic Capacity
134(6)
Transition Planning
140(5)
Board Leadership
145(6)
Notes 151(2)
References 153(8)
Additional Readings 161(4)
Index 165(9)
About the Author 174

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