Answer Is in the Room How Effective Schools Scale up Student Success

ISBN-10: 141299876X

ISBN-13: 9781412998765

Edition: 2011

Authors: Alan M. Blankstein

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List price: $29.95
Copyright year: 2011
Publisher: Corwin Press
Publication date: 6/2/2011
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 144
Size: 7.00" wide x 10.25" long x 0.25" tall
Weight: 0.682
Language: English

Award-winning author and visionary educational leader Alan M. Blankstein nbsp;served fornbsp; 25 years as President of the HOPE Foundation, a not-for-profit organization which he founded and whose honorary chair is Nobel Prize winner Archbishop Desmond Tutu. A former "high-risk" youth, Alan began his career in education as a music teacher. Henbsp;has worked in several major youth-serving, including the March of Dimes, Phi Delta Kappa, and the National Educational Service (now Solution Tree), which he founded in 1987 and directed for 12 years. Through HOPE and Solution Tree, Blankstein helped launch and advance Professional Learning Communities beginning in the late 1980s. He is the author of the best-selling book nbsp; Failure Is Not an Option�: Six Principles That Guide Student Achievement in High-Performing Schools , which received the 2005 Book of the Year award from Learning Forward (formerly NSDC). In addition to authorship of this award-winning book, Blankstein is Publisher of three nbsp; Failure Is Not an Option� nbsp; video series and has been Senior Editor, lead contributor, or author of an additional 18 books, including Equity through Excellence with Pedro Noguera. nbsp;Blankstein also authored some 20 articles in educational journals including nbsp; Educational Leadership, The School Administrator, Executive Educator, High School Magazine, and Reclaiming Children and Youth, to name a few. He has also provided keynote presentations and workshops for virtually every major educational U.S. organization, as well as in the UK, Middle East, South Africa and Singapore.Blankstein has served on the Harvard International Principals Centers advisory board, as Board member for Federation of Families for Children's Mental Health, and as Co-Chair of Indiana University's Neal Marshall Black Culture Center's Community Network and advisor to the Faculty and Staff for Student Excellence (FASE) mentoring program. He also served as advisory board member for the Forum on Race, Equity, and Human Understanding with the Monroe County Schools in Indiana, and on the Board of Trustees for the Jewish Child Care Agency (JCCA), in which he was once a youth in residence. nbsp;nbsp;

List of Figures
List of Tools to Help Answer the Question in the Room
About the Author
Why We Can't Wait to Scale Student Success
The Power of Positive Deviance Saves Millions of Children in Vietnam
Applying Positive Deviance to Education
Good News for Scaling Student Success
About This Book and Chapter
Some Common Core Principles of Networking and Positive Deviance
Challenges to Scaling Success in U.S. Education
The Moral and Economic Imperative for Change Is Now
What Works, What Doesn't, What's Next?
The Big Question
A Process to Create Sustained Student Success
A Movement Is Born in U.S. Education-and Exported to Other Nations
The Catalyst to Change
The Create Process
The Advantages of the Create Process
The Big Question
The Courage to Commit to the Work
Defining Courage
A Pillar of Courage
Building a Collective Commitment to Scale Up Student Success
7 Tools for Constructing a Large-Scale Community Commitment
Create and Courageous Leadership: Qualities of the Courageous Leader
The Big Question
Resources Are in the Room
The Most Valuable Resource: Focused Commitment Over Time
The Second Major Resource: Patience and Urgency
The Third Major Resource: Steering Committee
How to Get Time to Collaborate
Getting Down to the Details
The Big Question
Taking Stock of the Excellence in the Room
Is There Excellence or Positive Deviance to Be Found?
Defining Excellence Is Done Twice by the Lead Teams
Developing a Community to Question the Answer: Language, Purpose, and Norms
Improving Instructional Practice: Change the Methods and You Will Change the Outcomes
The Big Question
An Action Plan for Engaging the Entire Learning Community
Developing a Common Language for the Action Plan
Key Challenges to Address in the Action Plan
Reentry Plans to Engage the Larger School Community, Build Trust, and Ensure Transparency
Developing Smart Goals That the School Community Wants to Achieve
Successful Implementation of Smart Goals
Identifying and Assessing Excellence
The Big Question
Transference of Knowledge and Skills Throughout the Learning Community
Transferring Knowledge and Skills Within the School
Transferring Knowledge and Skills Throughout the District
Tuning Protocol
The Big Question
Embedding the New Learning in the Culture for Sustainability
Three Pillars of Embedding the Process in the School Culture
The Big Question
Tools to Help Answer the Questions in the Room<sup>*</sup>
Writing an Instructional Smart Goal Worksheet
Strategies for Making Time
Agreement of Purpose Worksheet
Creating Group Norms: Facilitator Guide Example
An Example Participant Handout for Creating Group Norms
Steps of Instructional Learning Walks
Indicators of Quality Instructional Learning Walks Observation Sheet
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