Beck and Murphy focus on four specific conditions that are crucial to any successful school: * Strong, yet approachable leadership * Capacity-building resources for teaching * Commitment to school and community * Powerful, consistent focus on learning This new book builds on research reported by the authors in their earlier book, School-Based Management as School Reform. And it goes further--to provide an in-depth investigation into the workings of a school that is making a success of SBM. Using "Jackson" Elementary school (not its real name) as an example, the authors help you understand how people and policies are reshaping education; and they show how you can begin to transform your school. They offer you an inside look at how Jackson Elementary is remaking itself by changing the behaviors and attitudes of its students, teachers, and parents--and creating genuine school reform. The educators and students at Jackson will give you insights about genuine school reform that you won't get from reading research findings. You'll learn how to create and enhance successful reform at your school.
Portrait of a Successful School
The Learning Imperative
The Leadership Imperative
The Community Imperative
The Capacity-Building Imperative
Success, the Four Imperatives, and SBM