Rural School Turnaround and Reform

It’s Hard Work!

Edited by:
Coby V. Meyers, University of Virginia
Marlene J. Darwin, American Institutes for Research

A volume in the series: Contemporary Perspectives on School Turnaround and Reform. Editor(s): Coby V. Meyers, University of Virginia. Marlene J. Darwin, American Institutes for Research.

Call for Chapters

In this call, we plan to increase the body of research and scholarship on school turnaround. Our hope is that through this series, we can spur researchers, policymakers, and practitioners in continued dialogue on improving the lowest-performing schools and the systems in which they operate. We have learned a number of lessons from the first three books in the series: Enduring Myths That Inhibit School Turnaround, International Perspectives on Leading Low-Performing Schools, and School Turnaround in Secondary Schools: Possibilities, Complexities, & Sustainability. It is increasingly clear across contexts just how difficult it is to turn around low-performing schools. Committed systems leaders, adaptive school principals, and effective teachers are critical, but responsiveness to contextual challenges remains critical.

We are entitling the fourth book in the series Rural School Turnaround and Reform: It’s Hard Work! Overall, the body of scholarly work and research that examines school turnaround and reform in rural areas is slim; as such, this volume can add to the body of work and contribute to new knowledge in a much-needed area. In this volume, we seek chapter contributions that will speak to the challenges, successes, and opportunities to improve low-performing rural schools. Among the numerous rural contextual possibilities, we especially encourage chapter proposal submissions focused on Native American and other Indigenous populations’ education contexts and school turnaround. Chapter contributions can be conceptual arguments, policy analyses or perspectives, research findings, or some combination of these or other ways to consider the work (i.e., we are open to considering what you want to communicate and how you would communicate it).

We anticipate leveraging the work of authors into symposia at future conferences such as AERA. We would like to begin advancing this work immediately and encourage your submissions for our consideration. Specifically, we would like to receive a Word document that provides the following information and is between 800-1,200 words.

• Objectives or purposes
• Perspective(s) or theoretical framework
• Methods, techniques, or modes of inquiry
• Data sources, evidence, objects, or materials
• Results and/or substantiated conclusions or warrants for argument/point of view
• Scientific or scholarly significance of the study or work

We are now collecting proposed chapter summaries (please email us at and with chapter proposals or questions). We anticipate making decisions on proposed chapters by October 1, 2020. For approved proposed chapters, we anticipate receiving initial chapter drafts by January 1, 2021, with the expectation of submitting a completed book manuscript to the publisher by May 1, 2021.

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