Teaching Case - Laura Johnston & the Sandia High School: Racial Transformation (B)

Laura Johnston & the Sandia High School: Racial Transformation (B)


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  • Product Description

    Public high school principals hold one of the highest-pressure, frontline management jobs in government. Even in relative affluent communities where schools are popular, the day can pose a series of unexpected and momentous decisions, and in communities where social problems spill over into the school, the high school principal can face a daunting tasks. It was in just such a high school where Laura Johnston set out to attempt a major organizational turnaround attempting to use the approaches developed by the Coalition of Essential Schools (headed by prominent Brown University education professor Theodore Sizer) to motivate cynical faculty, restore order to campus life and to increase academic achievement.

    Learning Objective:
    This case series, a disguised version of actual events, follows the specific strategies which Johnston employed and recounts the extent and nature of resistance which she encountered.

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    Publication Date: January 01, 1996
    HKS Case Number: 1309.0
    Case Author: Pamela Varley
    Faculty Lead: Herman (Dutch) B. Leonard
    Pages (incl. exhibits): 6
    Setting: United States
    Language: English
    _year: Older than 2000
    _pages: 1-15
    _geography: US & Canada
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