Schools That Change Evidence-Based Improvement and Effective Change Leadership

ISBN-10: 1412949521

ISBN-13: 9781412949521

Edition: 2008

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Description: """Schools That Change "integrates equal parts passion and intellect. A well-crafted contribution to the literature on successful reform and a sophisticated and nuanced book that should be read with care.""???From the Foreword by Michael Fullan ""Schools have shown themselves to be gifted and talented at resisting and subverting change. Lew Smith hands us the keys to the storehouse of insights about how schools can change???really change.""???Roland Barth, Founder, The Principals' Center, Harvard UniversityAuthor, "Lessons Learned" "Learn from schools that have made meaningful, positive, and lasting changes!" With an in-depth look at eight schools across the nation???winners of the National School Change Awards???this illuminating resource shows how schools can transform themselves from low-performing into exemplary national status. Qualitative research, specific examples, and portraiture offer an inside view of the day-to-day dynamics of change in schools. This insightful book examines questions such as: Why are some schools able to change while other schools cannot?Why are people challenged by change?What is the best way to measure change?What professional characteristics must principals develop to bring about significant and sustainable change? Learn how your school can realize substantive change that supports a culture of learning, teacher development, and enhanced student achievement.

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List price: $43.95
Copyright year: 2008
Publisher: Corwin Press
Publication date: 12/13/2007
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 320
Size: 7.25" wide x 10.30" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 1.716
Language: English

Consulting Description Consulting Description: Leadership nbsp; An innovative thinker who is sought-after by institutions, publishers, and international think-tanks, Michael Fullan is special advisor on education to Dalton McGuinty, the premier of Ontario. He formerly served as dean and professor emeritus at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education at the University of Toronto.nbsp;He holds honorary doctorates from the University of Edinburgh, Scotland and from Nipissing University in Canada.nbsp;Fullan served as dean of the faculty of education at the University of Toronto from 1988 to 2003, leading two major organizational transformations, including a merger of two large schools of education. He is currently working as adviser and consultant on several major education reform initiatives around the world.nbsp;He bases his work on research and practice on both the public and private sectors, finding an increasing convergence in this literature. He has written several bestsellers on leadership and change that have been translated into several languages. Four of his books have won book of the year awards, and his publications have been translated into several languages. Now, Michael Fullan is offering his experience to you in an eStudy opportunity! Visit http://www.corwin.com/learning/estudy/fullan.html for more information.

List of Figures
Foreword
Preface
Acknowledgments
About the Author
Introduction
The Dynamics of Change
Describing Change
Measuring Change
Examining Change
The Elementary Schools
"We're Closing This School": Government Hill Elementary: Anchorage, Alaska
"This School Must Be a Sanctuary": John Williams School No. 5: Rochester, New York
"California Dreaming": Skycrest Elementary: Citrus Heights, California
"We Succeed. No Exceptions. No Excuses": South Heights Elementary: Henderson, Kentucky
The Secondary Schools
"If the System Doesn't Work, Go Around It": Gustav Fritsche Middle School: Milwaukee, Wisconsin
"Desegregation or Else": George Washington Carver Academy: Waco, Texas
"Surrender Was Not an Option": Louis W. Fox Academic and Technical High School: San Antonio, Texas
"Why Are We Here?": Niles High School: Niles, Michigan
Bringing About Significant School Change: The Essential Elements
The Essential Elements: Context
The Essential Elements: Capacity
The Essential Elements: Conversations
Bringing About Significant School Change: The Catalytic Variables
The Catalytic Variables: Internal Dissonance
The Catalytic Variables: External Forces
The Catalytic Variables: Leadership
Creating Meaning
The Lessons We Can Learn
References and Suggested Readings
Credits
Index
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