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  • NASSP. (2009). Breaking ranks: A field guide for leading change. Reston, VA: Author.
    This is a how-to book that provides specific steps to bring about change in middle level and high schools. By building on the core areas of Breaking Ranks and Breaking Ranks in the Middle, this book gives school leadership teams tools to use and actions to take, yet it is compatible with any school improvement plan that states and districts develop.
    A process circle organizes school teams to gather data, explore possible solutions, assess readiness, create a plan, and monitor and adjust the plan—and the entire process is seen through the lens of real school improvement plans with their successes and failures. 2009. 130pp.

    Visit the NASSP store website to purchase Breaking Ranks: A field guide for leading change

  • Richardson, Judith & Mero, Dianne. (2011). Making the mathematics curriculum count: A guide for middle level and high school principals. Reston, VA: NASSP.
    This book will provide principals with the tools they need to lead a schoolwide initiative towards mathematics proficiency. Quantitative literacy–or numeracy–is not the exclusive domain of the math department, the authors argue, but a set of cognitive and computational skills that cuts across the content areas. A series of carefully crafted templates will walk principals through the process of collecting and analyzing data to provide a foundation for numeracy improvement. 2011. 139pp.

    Visit the NASSP website store to purchase Making the Mathematics Curriculum Count

  • Skrla, Linda; McKenzie, Kathryn Bell; & Scheurich, James Joseph. (2009). Using equity audits to create equitable and excellent schools. Thousand Oaks, CA: Corwin.
    Develop school-based equity audits with confidence. The book provides practical, easy-to-implement strategies for using this school assessment approach to help not only eliminate achievement gaps and educational bias but also for hiring, training, and retaining good teachers. Corwin Press. 2009. 152 pp.

    Purchase the book: Using Equity Audits to Create Equitable and Excellent Schools