Facutly and Research

Education

Research and teaching in U.S. K – 12 public education focuses on adapting and applying management concepts within urban school systems to drive improved performance, including the use of entrepreneurial strategies to affect systemic change in both traditional and new types of public schools.

  • Managing School Districts for High Performance: Cases in Public Education Leadership

    Edited by Stacey Childress, Richard F. Elmore, Allen Grossman, and Susan Moore Johnson

    Managing School Districts for High Performance brings together more than twenty case studies and other readings that offer a powerful and transformative approach to advancing and sustaining the work of school improvement. At the center of this work is the concept of organizational coherence: aligning organizational design, human capital management, resource allocation, and accountability and performance improvement systems to support an overarching strategy.

  • How to Manage Urban School Districts

    Stacey Childress, Richard Elmore, and Allen Grossman

    One of the biggest management challenges anywhere is how to improve student performance in urban public schools in the United States. There has been no shortage of proposed solutions. Although many approaches have created positive changes in individual schools, they have failed to produce a single high-performing urban school system. In this article, the authors, who are members of Harvard University's Public Education Leadership Project, explain why.

  • Leading for Equity: The Pursuit of Excellence in the Montgomery County Public Schools

    Stacey M. Childress, Denis P. Doyle, and David A. Thomas, with a foreword by David Gergen

    Leading for Equity tells the compelling story of the Montgomery County (Maryland) Public Schools and its transformation—in less than a decade—into a system committed to breaking the links between race and class and academic achievement. In chapters organized around six core themes, the authors lay out the essential elements of MCPS’s success.


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  • Recent Publications

    “The Balanced Scorecard”
    Article / Robert S. Kaplan and Dylan N. Miyake / February 2010

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    Investing in Improvement: Strategy and Resource Allocation in Public School Districts
    Article / Stacey M. Childress / January 2010

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    Transforming Public Education: Cases in Education Entrepreneurship
    Book / Stacey M. Childress / 2010

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    “Six Lessons for Pursuing Excellence and Equity at Scale”
    Article / Stacey M. Childress / November 2009

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    “Moving Beyond the Conventional Wisdom of Whole-District Reform”
    Article / Stacey M. Childress / September 2009

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    “Montgomery County Business Roundtable for Education”
    Case /Allen Grossman and Geoff Marietta /May 2009

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    Leading for Equity: The Pursuit of Excellence in the Montgomery County Public Schools
    Book / Stacey M. Childress, Denis P. Doyle, and David A. Thomas, with a foreword by David Gergen / 2009

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  • Recommended Reading

    Managing School Districts for High Performance: Cases in Public Education Leadership
    Book / Edited by Stacey Childress, Richard F. Elmore, Allen Grossman, and Susan Moore Johnson / 2007

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    “How to Manage Urban School Districts”
    Article / Stacey Childress, Richard Elmore, and Allen Grossman / November 2006

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    Race, Accountability, and the Achievement Gap (A)
    Case / Karen L. Mapp, David A. Thomas, Tonika Cheek Clayton/August 2006

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    Learning to Manage with Data in Duval County Public Schools: Lake Shore Middle School (A)
    Case / Allen Grossman, James P. Honan, Caroline King / October 2005

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    Note on the PELP Coherence Framework
    Case / Stacey Childress, Richard Elmore, Allen Grossman, Caroline King / November 2004

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  • MBA Courses

    Entrepreneurship in Education Reform
    Senior Lecturer John J-H Kim

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