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How to Change 5000 Schools: A Practical and Positive Approach for Leading Change at Every Level


reviewed by Laura Reimer — August 10, 2009

coverTitle: How to Change 5000 Schools: A Practical and Positive Approach for Leading Change at Every Level
Author(s): Ben Levin
Publisher: Harvard University Press, Cambridge
ISBN: 1934742082, Pages: 250, Year: 2008
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Messages are most significant when they leverage actual change. One of the consistent messages from prolific Canadian Ben Levin is that the delivery of education can always be improved through the consistent and uncompromised application of research to practice. In How to Change 5000 Schools: A Practical and Positive Approach for Leading Change at Every Level, Levin provides a window into the reform and rebuilding processes taking place within a large Canadian provincial public education system. For those interested in how politicians and administrators work together within the confines of political agendas to lead educational change the book offers an enjoyable read, though it lacks the practical approach heralded by the title. The book contains examples of both right and wrong priorities pursued by some school systems to tackle their particular challenges, and there are examples of the many distractions to effective reform. Each chapter offers opportunities for empirical research... (preview truncated at 150 words.)


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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record, Date Published: August 10, 2009
http://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 15745, Date Accessed: 10/22/2017 10:44:50 PM

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  • Laura Reimer
    University of Winnipeg
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    LAURA REIMER (B.A., M.P.A., doctoral student) teaches in the politics department at the University of Winnipeg, and shares Ben Levin’s home town of Winnipeg in central Canada. In his capacity as a senior public administrator, Dr. Levin led a large-scale governance change that included the school district in which Laura was a school board member. Laura’s publications are in educational governance and aboriginal learning. She is currently completing a Ph.D in Peace and Justice at the University of Manitoba with a focus on urban aboriginal education. She has several publications in the field of educational leadership and authored Leadership and School Boards, published by Roman and Littlefield Education in 2008. “Reforming Education: A Review of the Contributions of Benjamin Levin, Ph.D.” is forthcoming in July in the Canadian Journal for New Scholars in Education.
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