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  • Perfect Paperback: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Solution Tree (February 23, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1934009458
  • ISBN-13: 978-1934009451
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 6.1 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #24,320 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Anthony Muhammad, PhD, is one of the most sought-after educational consultants in North America. As a practitioner for nearly 20 years, Dr. Muhammad has served as a middle school teacher, an assistant principal, a middle school principal, and a high school principal. His tenure as a practitioner has earned him several awards as both a teacher and a principal. His most notable accomplishment came as principal at Levey Middle School in Southfield, Michigan, a National School of Excellence, where student proficiency on state assessments more than doubled in five years. Muhammad and the staff at Levey used the Professional Learning Communities at Work model of school improvement, and the school has been recognized in several videos and articles as a model high-performing PLC. As a researcher, Dr. Muhammad has published articles in several publications in both the United States and Canada. He is a contributing author to The Collaborative Administrator: Working Together as a Professional Learning Community (2008).

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Anthony Muhammad, PhD, is one of the most sought-after educational consultants in North America. As a practitioner for nearly 20 years, Dr. Muhammad has served as a middle school teacher, an assistant principal, a middle school principal, and a high school principal. His tenure as a practitioner has earned him several awards as both a teacher and a principal. His most notable accomplishment came as principal at Levey Middle School in Southfield, Michigan, a National School of Excellence, where student proficiency on state assessments more than doubled in five years. Muhammad and the staff at Levey used the Professional Learning Communities at Work model of school improvement, and the school has been recognized in several videos and articles as a model high-performing PLC. As a researcher, Dr. Muhammad has published articles in several publications in both the United States and Canada. He is a contributing author to The Collaborative Administrator: Working Together as a Professional Learning Community (2008).

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By L. Jessie on September 5, 2011
Format: Hardcover
This book answered the question of what happens when new teachers came on my staff. I realized I was setting teachers up for failure by not being more systematic in selecting key individuals for them to interact with during the first year. It also helped me identify certain individuals on my staff and determine the type of influence they have on the culture in the school.
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8 of 11 people found the following review helpful By D. Muhammad on March 3, 2009
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This book is the most profound view of school culture that I have ever read. The insights offered in this book need to be read by every educator in America. Absolutely the best educational book that I have ever read!
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Teacher's Teacher on November 16, 2009
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Dr. Muhammad's candid analysis of modern school culture is revolutionary. It is simply a must read for every educator who is serious about equity and school reform. As other authors provide a watered-down, politically correct view of schools, Dr. Muhammad provides a framework for a truly honest look at schools that can help any concerned group of educators improve the learning environment for students. Bravo and well done!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Kenneth C. Williams on September 5, 2011
Format: Hardcover
Anthony Muhammad does what I wish more authors would...he establishes just enough of a research base to be credible, and then builds from there for practical application. In Transforming School Culture, he helps both leaders and teachers understand more intimately what it takes to establish and nurture a positive learning culture. It is both a quick and powerful read, another formula for resources in these days of being so busy. Kudos to Dr. Muhammad for taking aim at one of the most complex challenges of school reform.

Kenneth C. Williams
Author, Speaker, Consultant
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Rick DuFour on August 17, 2011
Format: Hardcover
Anthony Muhammad provides the insights into the vexing challenge of changing school culture that only comes from someone who has both devoted his research to the topic and applied that research in the real world of schools. He recognizes that culture is defined by the assumptions, beliefs, and expectations that constitute the norm for the organization and offers specific insights into how to address and impact the thinking and feelings that drive the practice of educators. He does not vilify those resistant to changing the traditional culture of schooling, but instead attempts to offer insights into the thought process behind the resistance. He does not lump all resisters into one category but instead examines four different groups and the reasons it is understandable that they may be skeptical of change. I highly recommend this book to any educator or staff that wants to come to a deeper understanding of the challenge of changing school culture and to learn strategies for meeting that challenge.

Dr. Richard DuFour, educational author and consultant
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By Meducator on August 12, 2010
Format: Hardcover
I have been a school administrator for 11 years. The past five have been as a school superintendent. As an educator I have been involved in many innovative change initiatives in education. Many of which have failed, one, a charter school, was both successful and sustaining.

This book is the most insightful and analytical piece of literature I have read describing the difficult process of change within our public schools. For years I have been saying that internally, schools kill innovation. Anthony does an amazing job of breaking down why this is. He gives us a vocabulary to use, and strategies to implement. I would highly advise anyone in the field of education, or in educational policy development to read this book.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By LAWM on February 15, 2010
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This profound book should be required reading for anyone engaged in educational leadership or contemplating a career in educational leadership. I am an avid reader but have never written a comment on a book until now. Not only are Dr. Muhammad's insights into school culture amazing but the book is written in an engaging style. He has made me aware of the players in a dysfunctional school culture and offers remedies that will hopefully bring health to the school so that all children can achieve to potential.
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By Christina V. Husar on March 4, 2014
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Good Book for educators and administrators!! I have heard him speak and he knows his stuff! Anyone who could transform a school like he has, should get our attention.
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