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Managing to Change: How Schools Can Survive (and Sometimes Thrive) in Turbulent Times


reviewed by S. David Brazer — November 30, 2009

coverTitle: Managing to Change: How Schools Can Survive (and Sometimes Thrive) in Turbulent Times
Author(s): Thomas Hatch
Publisher: Teachers College Press, New York
ISBN: 0807749664, Pages: 216, Year: 2009
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Managing to Change: How Schools Can Survive (and Sometimes Thrive) in Turbulent Times, by Thomas Hatch, captures many of the central dilemmas of my 1990’s high school principalship. Should I seek and accept money from outside sources, knowing that the additional workload may demoralize my already hard-working faculty? Will democratic decision making enhance a culture of collaboration, demoralize people with endless meetings, or freeze me in indecision? Which prospective teachers are the best fit for the faculty overall and for our specific subject matter needs? These and other questions persist into the 21st century and are sharpened by accountability pressures that have come with No Child Left Behind. Hatch’s strategy of weaving together his school case studies with relevant literature is effective for demonstrating to practicing and prospective education leaders the choices they will face if they want to help their schools and districts adapt to changing organizational environments. Yet,... (preview truncated at 150 words.)


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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record, Date Published: November 30, 2009
http://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 15849, Date Accessed: 12/18/2017 1:40:21 PM

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  • S. David Brazer
    George Mason University
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    S. DAVID BRAZER is Associate Professor and Coordinator of the Education Leadership Program at George Mason University. His research interests include decision making in educational contexts, development of prospective leaders, state policy, and the induction of new faculty into the university setting. Dr. Brazer recently published “Teaching Leaders to Use Research” with Scott C. Bauer and is currently working on a book with Dr. Bauer titled, Using Research to Lead School Improvement. “Collaborative Strategic Decision Making in School Districts” (with co-authors William Rich and Susan Ross) will be published by the Journal of Educational Administration early in 2010. Dr. Brazer teaches master’s level courses in the practical aspects of school leadership and doctoral level courses focused on preparing scholars for independent research on leadership in school and school district settings. Prior to joining the university faculty, Dr. Brazer served for 15 years as a secondary school teacher, assistant principal, and principal.
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