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Books



Managing School Districts for High Performance: Cases in Public Education Leadership
 

Edited by Stacey Childress, Richard F. Elmore, Allen Grossman, and Susan Moore Johnson, November 2007

Managing School Districts for High Performance brings together more than twenty case studies and other readings that offer a powerful and transformative approach to advancing and sustaining the work of school improvement. At the center of this work is the concept of organizational coherence: aligning organizational design, human capital management, resource allocation, and accountability and performance improvement systems to support an overarching strategy. This central idea provides a valuable conceptual framework for current and future school leaders.

Leading for Equity
Stacey M. Childress, Denis P. Doyle, and David A. Thomas, July 2009

Leading for Equity tells the compelling story of the Montgomery County (Maryland) Public Schools and its transformation—in less than a decade—into a system committed to breaking the links between race and class and academic achievement.
In chapters organized around six core themes, the authors lay out the essential elements of MCPS’s success. They identify key lessons other districts can draw from MCPS’s experience and offer a framework for applying them. A dramatic departure from “business as usual,” MCPS has won nationwide attention as a compelling model for tackling the achievement and opportunity issues that confront our nation as a whole.


Education Reform in New York City, Ambitious Change in the Nation's Most Complex School System
Edited by Jennifer A. O’Day, Catherine S. Bitter, and Louis M. Gomez, April 2011

Chapter 4: Managing for Results at the New York City Department of Education
Stacey Childress, Monica Higgins, Ann Ishimaru, and Sola Takahashi

The education reforms in New York City’s public schools begun under the administration of Mayor Michael Bloomberg and School Chancellor Joel Klein have been among the most ambitious of any large urban system in the country. Aimed at instituting evidence-based practices to produce higher and more equitable outcomes for all students, the policies that comprise the Children First initiative represent an attempt at organizational improvement and systemic learning that is unparalleled in U.S. public education. The tremendous scope of the reforms, the multiple and interrelated challenges involved in their implementation, and their undeniable impact all underscore their importance in providing lessons for the field and in framing the conversation about the next level of work in district-based reform.

Faculty & Research Team

With the support of Deans Nitin Nohria(HBS) and James E. Ryan (HGSE), faculty members research and study management challenges in urban public schools. PELP's faculty and research team includes:

Faculty

John J-H Kim 
Senior Lecturer of Business Administration and William Henry Bloomberg Fellow
Harvard Business School

Susan Moore Johnson 
Jerome T. Murphy Professor in Education
Harvard Graduate School of Education

Karen Mapp 
Lecturer on Education
Harvard Graduate School of Education

Monica Higgins 
Professor of Education
Harvard Graduate School of Education

Andres Alonso 
Professor of Practice
Harvard Graduate School of Education

Consulting Faculty

Allen Grossman
Senior Fellow, MBA Class of 1957 Professor of Management Practice, Retired
Harvard Business School

Michael L. Tushman
Paul R. Lawrence MBA Class of 1942 Professor of Business Administration
Chair, Program for Leadership Development
Harvard Business School

Researchers

Geoff Marietta
Public Education Leadership Project

Christine An
Research Associate

Program Coordinator

Matt Tallon
Public Education Leadership Project

PELP Cases

Making Coherence Concrete

Managing Human Capital

Managing Schools Across Differences

Managing for High Performance

Sustaining High Performance Over Time

PELP Video Library