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


reviewed by Erik Johnson October 17, 2008

coverTitle: Resourceful Leadership: Tradeoffs and Tough Decisions on the Road to School Improvement
Author(s): Elizabeth City
Publisher: Harvard University Press, Cambridge
ISBN: 1891792865, Pages: 206, Year: 2008
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Resourceful Leadership: Tradeoffs and Tough Decisions on the Road to School Improvement is a boots-on-the-ground report of urban secondary schooling. It seeks to debunk the resource-centric educational discourse – if not shibboleth – that more is better. School reform professional Karen Hawley Miles prefaces Elizabeth City’s work citing the author that, “perhaps the most important resources are the intangible ones” (p. xi). This comparative case study looks to identify practical strategies and techniques for school district managers, principals, and teachers while casting an eye toward all too common resource limitations. The text relates the down to earth story of two small urban high schools in their first year of operation within a larger secondary school. The latter institution saw its student population separated into four themed smaller schools. They share central facilities in a day school version of “house system” student groupings adapted from the British colonial model. The book’s... (preview truncated at 150 words.)


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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record, Date Published: October 17, 2008
http://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 15420, Date Accessed: 4/26/2018 1:25:31 PM

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  • Erik Johnson
    Teachers College, Columbia University
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    ERIK JOHNSON is a Consultant and doctoral student in the Department of Organization and Leadership's AEGIS program at Teachers College, Columbia University. His research interests include workforce development and organizational learning, team innovation and performance, and transformative learning and leadership.
 
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