Improving School Governance

How better governors make better schools

Author: Nigel Gann

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1317564928

Category: Education

Page: 250

View: 6867

About the first edition: "School governors will find this a sound and practical guide to the nature of their responsibilities and the process of managing their workload. It is well researched, based on vast experience, illustrated from the best practice, free from jargon – and always interesting." Joan Sallis. Described by the National Association of Governors and Managers as "definitely a ‘must’ for your bookshelf"; reviewed in the Times Educational Supplement as an "essential guide to help governors". This book is about governing schools – about how a governing board made up largely of ‘ordinary’ people with no professional educational experience, working in partnership with professional leaders, can help to make schools better. It is intended for governors in schools in England and Wales, in other parts of the world where lay people engage in school leadership, and for people who work with governors. Improving School Governance examines: How school governors got to be where they are today How governing boards do their jobs How individual governors can best contribute to their schools Governors’ accountability The nature of governors’ meetings The rights that governors have The relationships between governors and the headteacher The role of governing boards in school inspection Governors’ relationships with parents and the wider community How to evaluate the performance and impact of governing boards What the future might hold for state-funded schools and their governance What national strategic issues will need to be addressed by governing boards in the next five to ten years
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The essential school board book

better governance in the age of accountability

Author: Nancy Walser

Publisher: Harvard Education Pr

ISBN: N.A

Category: Education

Page: 143

View: 6717

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Improving Schools and Governing Bodies

Making a Difference

Author: Michael Creese,Peter Earley

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1134628005

Category: Education

Page: 144

View: 3889

This book provides school governors with a blueprint for working effectively and enthusiastically to bring about positive change in their schools, for the benefit of all those concerned.
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Education Governance for the Twenty-First Century

Overcoming the Structural Barriers to School Reform

Author: Paul Manna,Patrick McGuinn

Publisher: Brookings Institution Press

ISBN: 0815723954

Category: Education

Page: 424

View: 3054

America's fragmented, decentralized, politicized, and bureaucratic system of education governance is a major impediment to school reform. In this important new book, a number of leading education scholars, analysts, and practitioners show that understanding the impact of specific policy changes in areas such as standards, testing, teachers, or school choice requires careful analysis of the broader governing arrangements that influence their content, implementation, and impact. Education Governance for the Twenty-First Century comprehensively assesses the strengths and weaknesses of what remains of the old in education governance, scrutinizes how traditional governance forms are changing, and suggests how governing arrangements might be further altered to produce better educational outcomes for children. Paul Manna, Patrick McGuinn, and their colleagues provide the analysis and alternatives that will inform attempts to adapt nineteenth and twentieth century governance structures to the new demands and opportunities of today. Contents: Education Governance in America: Who Leads When Everyone Is in Charge?, Patrick McGuinn and Paul Manna The Failures of U.S. Education Governance Today, Chester E. Finn Jr. and Michael J. Petrilli How Current Education Governance Distorts Financial Decisionmaking, Marguerite Roza Governance Challenges to Innovators within the System, Michelle R. Davis Governance Challenges to Innovators outside the System, Steven F. Wilson Rethinking District Governance, Frederick M. Hess and Olivia M. Meeks Interstate Governance of Standards and Testing, Kathryn A. McDermott Education Governance in Performance-Based Federalism, Kenneth K. Wong The Rise of Education Executives in the White House, State House, and Mayor's Office, Jeffrey R. Henig English Perspectives on Education Governance and Delivery, Michael Barber Education Governance in Canada and the United States, Sandra Vergari Education Governance in Comparative Perspective, Michael Mintrom and Richard Walley Governance Lessons from the Health Care and Environment Sectors, Barry G. Rabe Toward a Coherent and Fair Funding System, Cynthia G. Brown Picturing a Different Governance Structure for Public Education, Paul T. Hill From Theory to Results in Governance Reform, Kenneth J. Meier The Tall Task of Education Governance Reform, Paul Manna and Patrick McGuinn
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Who's in Charge Here?

The Tangled Web of School Governance and Policy

Author: Noel Epstein

Publisher: Brookings Institution Press

ISBN: 9780815724728

Category: Education

Page: 303

View: 2042

Few Americans are aware that their nation long ago created a separate government for education, supposedly to shield it from political interference. Some experts believe that at the heart of todays school debates is a push to put the larger government-- presidents, governors, mayors-- in the drivers seat, or even to dump democratic school governance entirely. The results are mixed. One clear result, however, is a vexing tangle of authority and accountability. "Whos in Charge Here?" untangles it all.
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Improving School Leadership, Volume 1 Policy and Practice

Policy and Practice

Author: Pont Beatriz,Nusche Deborah,Moorman Hunter

Publisher: OECD Publishing

ISBN: 926404471X

Category:

Page: 196

View: 457

Based on an OECD study of school leadership practices and policies around the world, this book identifies four policy levers and a range of policy options to help governments improve school leadership now and build sustainable leadership for the future.
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Modernising School Governance

Corporate planning and expert handling in state education

Author: Andrew Wilkins

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1317660579

Category: Education

Page: 172

View: 4601

Modernising School Governance examines the impact of recent market-based reforms on the role of governors in the English state education system. A focus of the book concerns how government and non-government demands for ‘strong governance’ have been translated to mean improved performance management of senior school leaders and greater monitoring and disciplining of governors. This book addresses fundamental questions about the neoliberal logic underpinning these reforms and how governors are being trained and responsibilised in new ways to enhance the integrity of these developments. Drawing on large-scale research conducted over three years, the book examines the impact of these reforms on the day to day practices of governors and the diminished role of democracy in these contexts. Wilkins also captures the economic and political rationalities shaping the conduct of governors at this time and traces these expressions to wider structural developments linked to depoliticisation, decentralisation and disintermediation. This book addresses timely and original issues concerning the role of corporate planning and expert handling to state education at a time of increased school autonomy, shrinking local government support/oversight, and tight, centralised accountability. It will appeal to researchers and postgraduate students in disciplines of education, sociology, political science, public policy and management. It will also be of interest to researchers and policy makers from countries with similar or emerging quasi-market education systems.
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Thinking and Acting Systemically

Improving School Districts Under Pressure

Author: Alan Daly,Kara Finnigan

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 0935302573

Category: Education

Page: 256

View: 1716

This volume argues that districts are important as a lever for change given the limited success of school-by-school efforts. Policies that focus on skill development, recognize and support performance, create opportunities for collaboration, build leader capacity, and create networks of knowledge sharing hold great potential for improving districts but it will require a paradigm shift in the way we view our public school system and those who work within it - away from blame and toward complext systems change.
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Improving School Board Effectiveness

A Balanced Governance Approach

Author: Thomas L. Alsbury,Phil Gore

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9781612508764

Category: Education

Page: 216

View: 6846

"Improving School Board Effectiveness" offers a clarifying and essential look at the evolving role of school boards and how they contribute to efforts to improve student learning. At its heart is the concept of Balanced Governance, a principle that most generally balances the authority of a superintendent to lead a school district with the necessary oversight of a locally engaged and knowledgeable board. "Improving School Board Effectiveness" is a helpful and practical book that will prove indispensable for school board members, school and district administrators, and everyone with a stake in school improvement and reform. A must-read for anyone interested in the complex challenges school boards face, especially regarding the question of how board members can contribute to the central goal of improving student outcomes. From the foreword by Willard R. Daggett, founder and chairman, International Center for Leadership in Education Alsbury and Gore have done an outstanding job of pulling together research that highlights how school boards matter. Their book provides practical examples for improving school governance at the local level. "Improving School Board Effectiveness" is an essential read for school board members, superintendents, and those working to improve public education governance. James B. Crow, executive director, Texas Association of School Boards "Improving School Board Effectivenes"s is a valuable book for superintendents as well as school boards. It explores the crucial relationship between school boards and superintendents, indicating ways to build a trusting, mutually accountable partnership to advance student achievement. Bert L Homme, superintendent, Durham Public Schools, North Carolina Thomas L. Alsbury, a former schoolteacher, principal, and administrator, is a professor of educational leadership at Seattle Pacific University as well as a founder and president of Balanced Governance Solutions. Phil Gore, a former school board member, is the division director for leadership team services with the Texas Association of School Boards. Willard R. Daggett is the founder and chairman of the International Center for Leadership in Education."
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Good Governance is a Choice

A Way to Re-create Your Board the Right Way

Author: Randy Quinn,Linda J. Dawson

Publisher: R&L Education

ISBN: 161048312X

Category: Education

Page: 144

View: 1641

Good Governance is a Choice is a book about, and for, boards of public and non-profit organizations. Its central focus is on public school boards, but the governing model it introduces, Coherent Governance(r), is applicable to any board of any type. The model offers a process for boards to control operational decisions without making them, allowing boards to spend the dominant part of their time on what matters.
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The Educator's Guide to Assessing and Improving School Discipline Programs

Author: Mark Boynton,Christine Boynton

Publisher: ASCD

ISBN: 1416606114

Category: Education

Page: 124

View: 7063

As every educator knows, even the best-performing schools have occasional discipline issues. In The Educator's Guide to Assessing and Improving School Discipline Programs, Mark and Christine Boynton provide a framework for preventing as many discipline problems as possible--and for dealing with them effectively when they do arise. This framework includes four principal components: positive relationships with students, clearly defined parameters of student behavior, effective monitoring of students, and appropriate consequences for misbehavior. In addition to explaining the rationale for each component, the authors provide *In-depth surveys and interview forms for addressing each component of the discipline program on a schoolwide basis, including separate forms for primary and secondary schools; *Advice on how best to form school discipline committees; *A framework for devising and implementing appropriate interventions when preventive measures aren't enough; *Guidelines for discussing student misconduct with parents; and *Strategies for working with particularly difficult cases, such as students with oppositional defiant disorder or attention deficit hyperactivity disorder. The best way to maintain a productive learning environment is to have a thorough system of preventive measures in place. Whether you're creating a new discipline program or hoping to improve an existing one, this book has everything you need to get the job done right.
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What School Boards Can Do

Reform Governance for Urban Schools

Author: Donald R. McAdams

Publisher: Teachers College Press

ISBN: 9780807746486

Category: Education

Page: 174

View: 6006

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.
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Improving School Leadership, Volume 1

Policy and Practice

Author: Pont Beatriz,Nusche Deborah,Moorman Hunter,David Hopkins

Publisher: Organization for Economic

ISBN: 9789264044678

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 195

View: 2389

As countries strive to reform education systems and improve student results, school leadership is high on education policy agendas. But in many countries, the men and women who run schools are overburdened, underpaid and near retirement. Based on an OECD study of school leadership practices and policies around the world, and offering a cross country perspective, Volume 1 identifies four policy levers and a range of policy options to help governments improve school leadership now and build sustainable leadership for the future. Volume 2 explores what specialists are saying about system leadership for school improvement. Case studies examine innovative approaches to sharing leadership across schools in Belgium (Flanders), Finland and the United Kingdom (England) and leadership development programs for system improvement in Australia and Austria. As these are emerging practices, the book provides a first international comparison and assessment of the state of the art of system leadership.--Publisher's description.
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Sustainability and Short-term Policies

Improving Governance in Spatial Policy Interventions

Author: Stefan Sjöblom,Kjell Andersson,Sarah Skerratt

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1317047974

Category: Nature

Page: 350

View: 9910

There has been a profound change within the sphere of government and societal regulation in recent years. Traditional hierarchical government has been challenged by new governance instruments relying on negotiations instead of command and control. Alongside this development there has been a change in the time-framing of politics and steering. Traditional politics implicitly has been based on stability and permanence while new forms of governance explicitly are based on just-in-time actions such as projects and issue-based collaborations in networks and programs. This book analyses the implications of this shortening of time frames, focusing particularly on spatial policy interventions. Spatial policies have a special relevance when it comes to governance and new forms of societal steering. On the one hand, the local (geographical) level in politics is the principal battleground for the struggle between top down and bottom up approaches and aspirations. On the other hand, many of the most burning issues of our time require a global, strategic approach, for example, climate change, resource depletion, population growth are anchored in space and the physical world. Whether and how short-term spatial approaches can achieve sustainable development outcomes is thus a critical question, and forms the focus of this volume. The book examines the characteristics of temporary policy measures across a range of rural, urban and regional contexts, in four continents: Europe, North America, Oceania and Africa. The outcomes and effects of these policies and interventions are analysed, particularly focusing on the tension between short-term interventions and long-term effects.
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Education Governance for the Twenty-First Century

Overcoming the Structural Barriers to School Reform

Author: Paul Manna,Patrick McGuinn

Publisher: Brookings Institution Press

ISBN: 0815723954

Category: Education

Page: 424

View: 5025

America's fragmented, decentralized, politicized, and bureaucratic system of education governance is a major impediment to school reform. In this important new book, a number of leading education scholars, analysts, and practitioners show that understanding the impact of specific policy changes in areas such as standards, testing, teachers, or school choice requires careful analysis of the broader governing arrangements that influence their content, implementation, and impact. Education Governance for the Twenty-First Century comprehensively assesses the strengths and weaknesses of what remains of the old in education governance, scrutinizes how traditional governance forms are changing, and suggests how governing arrangements might be further altered to produce better educational outcomes for children. Paul Manna, Patrick McGuinn, and their colleagues provide the analysis and alternatives that will inform attempts to adapt nineteenth and twentieth century governance structures to the new demands and opportunities of today. Contents: Education Governance in America: Who Leads When Everyone Is in Charge?, Patrick McGuinn and Paul Manna The Failures of U.S. Education Governance Today, Chester E. Finn Jr. and Michael J. Petrilli How Current Education Governance Distorts Financial Decisionmaking, Marguerite Roza Governance Challenges to Innovators within the System, Michelle R. Davis Governance Challenges to Innovators outside the System, Steven F. Wilson Rethinking District Governance, Frederick M. Hess and Olivia M. Meeks Interstate Governance of Standards and Testing, Kathryn A. McDermott Education Governance in Performance-Based Federalism, Kenneth K. Wong The Rise of Education Executives in the White House, State House, and Mayor's Office, Jeffrey R. Henig English Perspectives on Education Governance and Delivery, Michael Barber Education Governance in Canada and the United States, Sandra Vergari Education Governance in Comparative Perspective, Michael Mintrom and Richard Walley Governance Lessons from the Health Care and Environment Sectors, Barry G. Rabe Toward a Coherent and Fair Funding System, Cynthia G. Brown Picturing a Different Governance Structure for Public Education, Paul T. Hill From Theory to Results in Governance Reform, Kenneth J. Meier The Tall Task of Education Governance Reform, Paul Manna and Patrick McGuinn
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School Governance

Author: Richard C. Hunter,Frank Brown,Saran Donahoo

Publisher: SAGE Publications

ISBN: 1452266581

Category: Education

Page: 392

View: 9157

Education of America's school children always has been and always will be a hot-button issue. From what should be taught to how to pay for education to how to keep kids safe in schools, impassioned debates emerge and mushroom, both within the scholarly community and among the general public. This volume in the point/counterpoint Debating Issues in American Education reference series tackles the topic of school governance. Fifteen to twenty chapters explore such varied issues as decentralization, federal roles in standards and assessment, parent involvement, top-down vs. bottom-up decision making, and more. Each chapter opens with an introductory essay by the volume editor, followed by point/counterpoint articles written and signed by invited experts, and concludes with Further Readings and Resources, thus providing readers with views on multiple sides of governance issues and pointing them toward more in-depth resources for further exploration.
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Targets for Tomorrow's Schools

A Guide to Whole School Target-setting for Governors and Headteachers

Author: Nigel Gann

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1135700729

Category: Education

Page: 128

View: 6707

From September 1998, governing bodies were required to set school targets for development in curriculum, personnel, environment, finance and the community. This book is a comprehensive guide which will be welcomed by governing bodies and staff. It offers an explanation of how we can measure schools, how we can evaluate the performance of the governing body and ways of helping everyone involved in school management and governance to work out how well their school is doing. It serves as a fine companion volume to Nigel Gann's successful first book Improving School Governance.
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Improving Governance

A New Logic for Empirical Research

Author: Laurence E. Lynn Jr.,Carolyn J. Heinrich,Carolyn J. Hill

Publisher: Georgetown University Press

ISBN: 9781589013452

Category: Political Science

Page: 224

View: 9346

Policymakers and public managers around the world have become preoccupied with the question of how their goals can be achieved in a way that rebuilds public confidence in government. Yet because public policies and programs increasingly are being administered through a complicated web of jurisdictions, agencies, and public-private partnerships, evaluating their effectiveness is more difficult than in the past. Though social scientists possess insightful theories and powerful methods for conducting empirical research on governance and public management, their work is too often fragmented and irrelevant to the specific tasks faced by legislators, administrators, and managers. Proposing a framework for research based on the premise that any particular governance arrangement is embedded in a wider social, fiscal, and political context, Laurence E. Lynn Jr., Carolyn J. Heinrich, and Carolyn J. Hill argue that theory-based empirical research, when well conceived and executed, can be a primary source of fundamental, durable knowledge about governance and policy management. Focusing on complex human services such as public assistance, child protection, and public education, they construct an integrative, multilevel "logic of governance," that can help researchers increase the sophistication, power, and relevance of their work.
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Leadership Capacity for Lasting School Improvement

Author: Linda Lambert

Publisher: ASCD

ISBN: 0871207788

Category: Education

Page: 128

View: 2549

Uses charts and action steps to analyze a school's leadership capacity and explores how to sustain a learning community where everyone takes ownership of improvement efforts.
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