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School Turnaround Policies and Practices in the US

Learning from Failed School Reform

  • Joseph F. Murphy
  • Joshua F. Bleiberg

Part of the Education, Equity, Economy book series (EEEC, volume 6)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-vii
  2. Part I

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-2
    2. Joseph F. Murphy, Joshua F. Bleiberg
      Pages 3-18
    3. Joseph F. Murphy, Joshua F. Bleiberg
      Pages 19-52
    4. Joseph F. Murphy, Joshua F. Bleiberg
      Pages 53-72
  3. Explaining the Failure of School Turnaround

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 73-73
    2. Joseph F. Murphy, Joshua F. Bleiberg
      Pages 75-117
    3. Joseph F. Murphy, Joshua F. Bleiberg
      Pages 119-139
    4. Joseph F. Murphy, Joshua F. Bleiberg
      Pages 141-159
  4. Moving Ahead

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 161-161
    2. Joseph F. Murphy, Joshua F. Bleiberg
      Pages 163-170

About this book

Introduction

This volume provides an analysis of what we know about turning around "failing" schools in the United States. It starts with an in-depth examination of the barriers that hinder action on turnaround work.

The book analyses the reasons why some schools that find themselves in serious academic trouble fail in their efforts to turn themselves around. Beginning with a discussion of what may best be described as "lethal" reasons or the most powerful explanation for failed reform initiatives, which include an absence of attention to student care and support; a near absence of attention to curriculum and instruction; the firing of the wrong people. Covered in this volume are "critical" explanations for failed turnaround efforts such as failure to attend to issues of sustainability, and "significant" explanations for failed turnaround efforts such as the misuse of test data.

The volume concludes by examining what can be done to overcome problems that cause failure for turnaround schools and reviewing ideas in the core technology of schooling: curriculum, instruction, and assessment. As well as exploring problems associated with the leadership and management of schools to see where improvement is possible and an analysis of opportunities found in relationships between schools and their external partners such as parents and community members.

Keywords

Turnaround failing schools School improvement Grants (SIGs) Educational reform Leading recovery schools Federal school turnaround policy curriculum and instruction No Child Left Behind Every Child Succeeds Secondary Education in the United States

Authors and affiliations

  • Joseph F. Murphy
    • 1
  • Joshua F. Bleiberg
    • 2
  1. 1.Peabody CollegeVanderbilt UniversityNashvilleUSA
  2. 2.Peabody CollegeVanderbilt UniversityNashvilleUSA

Bibliographic information

  • DOI https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-01434-6
  • Copyright Information Springer Nature Switzerland AG 2019
  • Publisher Name Springer, Cham
  • eBook Packages Education
  • Print ISBN 978-3-030-01433-9
  • Online ISBN 978-3-030-01434-6
  • Series Print ISSN 2364-835X
  • Series Online ISSN 2364-8368
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