Resourceful Leadership: Tradeoffs and Tough Decisions on the Road to School Improvement (Paperback)
  • Resourceful Leadership: Tradeoffs and Tough Decisions on the Road to School Improvement (Paperback)

Resourceful Leadership: Tradeoffs and Tough Decisions on the Road to School Improvement (Paperback)

Paperback 206 Pages / Published: 30/03/2008
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Evidence from high-performing schools shows that efficient use of resources is essential for creating the conditions that support school improvement. How can school leaders use scarce resources more efficiently? And what should their priorities be? In Resourceful Leadership, Elizabeth A. City examines decisions about the use of three key resources-time, money, and staff-and how tradeoffs among them are integrated into school leaders' improvement strategies. She undertakes a detailed study of two small urban high schools in their first year of conversion from a large, comprehensive high school. Resourceful Leadership is divided into six chapters that present a lively and insightful analysis of school leaders' dilemmas, decisions, and tradeoffs. Woven through the book is the discussion of additional intangible but essential resources: vision, trust, ideas, energy, and hope. The book offers both the theory behind effective resource use and a practical look at the decisions, tradeoffs, and practices that support it.

Publisher: Harvard Educational Publishing Group
ISBN: 9781891792861
Number of pages: 206
Weight: 286 g

City realizes that the important part of the story is not about the numbers it s about the people. Within each chapter she weaves together seemingly disparate considerations such as values and beliefs, policies and funding, vision and hope. She delineates clearly the choices that each school leader makes, capturing the possibilities and the paradoxes of each step down the road. Larry Myatt, Founding Headmaster, Fenway High School, Boston, Mass."
District administrators often think in very narrow and traditional ways about how to use resources. By offering a rich description of the change process in two urban high schools, Resourceful Leadership opens up a dialogue about new ways to think about and use resources. Combining the hard analysis of resource use with the soft but equally important side of the change process (vision, hope, trust, ideas, and energy) is an important contribution. This well-written and timely book offers powerful lessons for school and district leaders. Jim Kushman, Director, Center for School and District Improvement, Northwest Regional Educational Laboratory"
"Resourceful Leadership "paints a rich portrait of the day-to-day complexity involved in leading school improvement. Liz City has thoughtfully woven together strands from research, practice, and policy. The result is a realistic and vivid description of the central challenges in the vitally important work of school leadership. Paul Reville, President, Rennie Center for Education Research and Policy; Chairman, Massachusetts State Board of Education; and Director, Education Policy and Management Program, Harvard Graduate School of Education"

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