Creating Productive Cultures in Schools

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Corwin Press, Apr 23, 2014 - Education - 251 pages
Your path to sustainable school improvement starts here!

School reform scholars Joseph Murphy and Daniela Torre shed light on the components that promote learning-centered leadership at the secondary level. Strengthen your school culture and discover clearly defined processes for engagement among students, teachers, parents and community members. Learn to:

• Understand variables that shape leadership practices and student learning
• Cultivate school, community, and parent partnerships
• Include both rigor and acceleration within a caring culture, particularly for at-risk schools
• Create communities of professionalism for teachers

Use this comprehensive resource to explore how comprehensive school improvement really works!

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About the author (2014)

Joseph F. Murphy is the Frank W. Mayborn Chair and associate dean at Peabody College of Education at Vanderbilt University. He has also been a faculty member at the University of Illinois and The Ohio State University, where he was the William Ray Flesher Professor of Education.

In the public schools, he has served as an administrator at the school, district, and state levels, including an appointment as the executive assistant to the chief deputy superintendent of public instruction in California. His most recent appointment was as the founding president of the Ohio Principals Leadership Academy. At the university level, he has served as department chair and associate dean.

He is past vice president of the American Educational Research Association and was the founding chair of the Interstate School Leaders Licensure Consortium (ISLLC). He is co-editor of the AERA Handbook on Educational Administration (1999) and editor of the National Society for the Study of Education (NSSE) yearbook, The Educational Leadership Challenge (2002).

His work is in the area of school improvement, with special emphasis on leadership and policy. He has authored or co-authored 18 books in this area and edited another 12. His most recent authored volumes include Understanding and Assessing the Charter School Movement (2002), Leadership for Literacy: Research-Based Practice, PreK-3 (2003), Connecting Teacher Leadership and School Improvement (2005), Preparing School Leaders: Defining a Research and Action Agenda (2006), and Turning Around Failing Schools: Lessons From the Organizational Sciences.

Daniela Torre is currently pursuing her Ph.D. in Education Policy at Vanderbilt University. Her research interests include school improvement, particularly for English learners and at-risk students. Previously she taught for five years as an elementary school teacher in both traditional public and charter schools. She earned her B.A. from Washington University in St. Louis and her M.A. in Teaching English to Students of Other Languages from American University in Washington, D.C.

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