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Asking the Right Questions Tools for Collaboration and School Change

ISBN-10: 1412962757
ISBN-13: 9781412962759
Edition: 3rd 2009
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Description: Use these practical tips and authentic stories to facilitate meaningful school change! This valuable resource builds upon the framework of the first and second editions,focusing on the essential aspects of change at three levels: the district,  More...

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Book details

List price: $43.95
Edition: 3rd
Copyright year: 2009
Publisher: Corwin Press
Publication date: 7/2/2008
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 232
Size: 8.50" wide x 10.75" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 1.738
Language: English

Use these practical tips and authentic stories to facilitate meaningful school change! This valuable resource builds upon the framework of the first and second editions,focusing on the essential aspects of change at three levels: the district, the school, and the classroom. This how-to manual provides educators with information and applications to help create decision-making structures that can generate organizational development and school change. The third edition provides: Additional examples ranging from placing a focus on instruction to prioritizing for school construction New tools that include symbolic displays, innovation and configuration maps, a priority grid, and open-space technology A new set of questions addressing school and district improvement plans to help shape practice Chapter summaries that highlight key points for the reader A CD-ROM with figures, customizable forms, and a chapter-by-chapter discussion guide to facilitate individual and group study

Edie L. Holcomb is executive director of curriculum and instructional services for Kenosha Unified School District No. 1 in Kenosha, Wisconsin. She has experienced the challenges of improving student achievement from many perspectives: From classroom teacher to university professor From gifted education coordinator to mainstream teacher of children with multiple disabilities From school- and district-level administration to national and international consulting From small rural districts to the challenges of urban educationShe is highly regarded for her ability to link research and practice on issues related to instructional leadership and school and district change--including standards-based curriculum, instruction, assessment, supervision, and accountability. She has taught at all grade levels, served as a building principal and central office administrator, and assisted districts as an external facilitator for accreditation and implementation of school reform designs. As associate director of the National Center for Effective Schools, she developed a training program for site-based teams and provided technical support for implementation of school improvement efforts throughout the United States and in Canada, Guam, St. Lucia, and Hong Kong. She developed a comprehensive standards-based learning system for the staff and 47,000 students of the Seattle, Washington, city district and has supervised K-12 clusters of schools and evaluated principals.Her work received the Excellence in Staff Development Award from the Iowa Association of Supervision and Curriculum Development in 1988. In 1990, her study of the needs of beginning principals was recognized by the American Association of School Administrators with the Paul F. Salmon Award for Outstanding Education Leadership Research.She served as an elected member-at-large on the Leadership Council for ASCD International, played an active role in Washington State's School Improvement Assistance Program, and contributed to development of the new School System Improvement Resource Guide. Holcomb is the author of four previous books and numerous articles and reviews.

Shirley M. Hord, PhD, is the scholar laureate of Learning Forward (previously National Staff Development Council), following her retirement as Scholar Emerita at the Southwest Educational Development Laboratory in Austin, Texas. There she directed the Strategies for Increasing Student Success Program. She continues to design and coordinate professional development activities related to educational change and improvement, school leadership, and the creation of professional learning communities. Her early roles as elementary school classroom teacher and university science education faculty at The University of Texas at Austin were followed by her appointment as co-director of Research on the Improvement Process at the Research and Development Center for Teacher Education at The University of Texas at Austin. There she administered and conducted research on school improvement and the role of school leaders in school change. She served as a fellow of the National Center for Effective Schools Research and Development and was U.S. representative to the Foundation for the International School Improvement Project, an international effort that develops research, training, and policy initiatives to support local school improvement practices. In addition to working with educators at all levels across the U.S. and Canada, Hord makes presentations and consults in Asia, Europe, Australia, Africa, and Mexico. Her current interests focus on the creation and functioning of educational organizations as learning communities and the role of leaders who serve such organizations. Dr. Hord is the author of numerous articles and books, of which a selection of the most recent are: Implementing Change: Patterns, Principles, and Potholes, 3rd ed (with Gene E. Hall, 2011); Reclaiming Our Teaching Profession: The Power of Educators Learning in Community (with Edward F. Tobia, 2012); A Playbook for Professional Learning: Putting the Standards Into Action (with Stephanie Hirsh, 2012).

List of Figures
List of CD-ROM Contents
Foreword to the Third Edition
Preface to the Third Edition
Acknowledgments
About the Author
Asking the Right Questions
Refinement of the Five Critical Questions
The Five Questions as a Road Map
The Wrong Questions
Professional Learning Communities
The Five Questions and Three Models of Change
Tools for Inquiry and Collaboration
Using This Book
Answer Key
Answering the "Where Are We Now?" Question
Student Performance
Shareholder Perceptions
Organizational Culture and Context
Answer Key
Answering the "Where Do We Want to Go?" Question
Affirming the Mission
Identifying and Prioritizing Concerns
Articulating Goals
Visualizing the Culture of Collaboration
Answer Key
Answering the "How Will We Get There?" Question
Dig Into the Data
Study Relevant Research
Explore Best Practices
Consider Local Factors
Analyze Current Practice
Partner With Your District
Select Strategies
Double-Check: Goal or Strategy?
Plan the Journey
Is Our Plan Powerful?
Answer Key
Answering the "How Will We Know We Are (Getting) There?" Question
Are We Working Our Plan? Evidence of Implementation
Is Our Plan Working? Evidence of Impact
The Plan and the Proof
Answer Key
Answering the "How Will We Sustain the Focus and Momentum?" Question
Understand and Respond to Reactions
Continue Training and Coaching
Cope With Conflict
Strengthen the Culture of Inquiry
Support Leaders and Followers
Shift From Technical to Adaptive
Reaffirm Organizational Values and Commitments
Maintain Organizational Health
Answer Key
Powerful Questions That Shape Practice
Entry Questions
Data-Boosting Questions
Walking-Around Questions
Instructional Questions
Student-Work Analysis Questions
Letting-Go Questions
Hiring Questions
Time Management Questions
Involvement Questions
The Commitment Question
Answer Key
References and Further Reading
Index

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