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Turnaround Leadership

reviewed by Steve Markbreiter - November 13, 2006

coverTitle: Turnaround Leadership
Author(s): Michael Fullan
Publisher: Jossey-Bass Publishers, San Francisco
ISBN: 0787969850 , Pages: 144, Year: 2006
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Whenever I begin a book about school reform, I approach the process by thinking: What can this volume add to a rapidly growing library of works on the subject? Will this really make a difference? In Turnaround Leadership, Michael Fullan shares his latest thinking on school reform. While the book raises many familiar issues in this area, it benefits from two positive attributes: big thinking and conciseness. In this small volume (97 pages), Fullan has set out ambitious goals, which he calls “the real reform agenda.” Fullan’s agenda is “raising the income bar while closing the gap between the richest and the poorest” (p. 7). He draws on Richard Wilkinson’s (2005) research on the income of social inequality, which found that low material living conditions has less impact on the public than “low social status, which has corrosive social consequences” (p. 3). For Fullan, this leads to a “double whammy” (p. 14)... (preview truncated at 150 words.)

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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record, Date Published: November 13, 2006
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  • Steve Markbreiter
    National Academy Foundation
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    STEVE MARKBREITER is Senior Director with the National Academy Foundation (NAF), which works to reform high school education throughout the country through school-community partnerships and career-themed instruction. His responsibilities include the coordination and development of NAF’s support and technical assistance materials, which includes managing curriculum development and delivery, professional development, and technical assistance resources for schools and districts. Previously, Steve managed the Academy of Finance program, including communications with existing programs, review, approval and support of new program sites, and technical assistance to existing sites. Steve received his doctorate in Educational Organization and Leadership from Columbia University, Teachers College, as well as a J.D. from State University of New York at Buffalo and a B.A. from Johns Hopkins University. Prior to joining NAF in 2001, Steve was a Social Studies teacher at Washington Irving High School and Port Chester High School, in New York.
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