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Failure Is Not an Option 6 Principles That Advance Student Achievement in Highly Effective Schools

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ISBN-10: 1452268274

ISBN-13: 9781452268279

Edition: 3rd 2013

Authors: Alan M. Blankstein

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This is a book for district and school leaders that describes how to reshape the school culture to become a high performing school and professional learning community that is able to sustain success for every student. Anchored in the moral purpose of sustaining success for all students, the book demonstrates how to reshape school cultures to support continuous student success by building trust as a foundation for the learning community and then implementing the 6 principles of the FNO Framework:1) Establishing a common mission, vision, set of values and goals2) Ensuring achievement for all students by setting up systems for prevention and intervention and building on student strengths3) Engaging in collaborative teaming that is focused on teaching for learning4) Using data based decision-making for continuous improvement5) Actively engaging families and the community6) Building sustainable leadership capacity With contributions from Pedro A. Noguera, Andy Hargreaves, and Dean Fink, this book not only outlines the Who, What, and How of becoming a high-performing school and learning community, but also shows how to avoid ten common routes to failure, and provides numerous resources, many case stories and examples from AlanÆs work in schools and districts around the U.S.Proposed Changes:· Thorough update of educational context, including emphasis on Common Core state standards and assessments; 21st century learning and teaching; college and career readiness+ Trim the book to its essentials, not to exceed 200 printed pages+ Update the cases and stories from HOPEÆs work around the U.S.+ Expand coverage of RTI+ Add demographic data to the data chapter+ Provide resources in the book rather than in a separate for-sale facilitator guide or a website+ Provide coverage of how new technology tools can support learning
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Book details

List price: $35.95
Edition: 3rd
Copyright year: 2013
Publisher: Corwin Press
Publication date: 12/20/2012
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 352
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 0.81" tall
Weight: 1.474
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 Resources
About the Author
Why Failure Is Not an Option
Failure Is Not an Educational Option
The Significance of the Book's Title: The Passion to Persevere
Lessons Learned From Leaders in the Field
Moving Forward
Courageous Leadership for School Success
Reclaiming Courage
When Failure Is Not an Option
A Test of Courage
Building the Courageous Leadership Team
The Courageous Leadership Imperative
Foundations for Success
Moving Forward
10 Common Routes to Failure, and How to Avoid Each
Educational Movements Come and Go, the Obstacles Remain the Same
Moving Forward
Relational Trust as Foundation for the Learning Community
Relational Trust
Strategies for Building Trust
Process Tools for Building Trust
Defining a True "Learning Community"
Cohesive Communities
Origins and Definitions of the "Learning Community"
Moving Forward
Chapter 5 Principle 1; Common Mission, Vision, Values, and Goals
Clarifying Culture
How Decisions Are Made in Different Cultures
Developing the Leadership Team
The 21st Century Mission
The Vision
The Values
The Goals
Challenges and Solutions
Moving Forward
Principle 2: Ensuring Achievement for All Students-Systems for Prevention and Intervention
What Does the School Community Believe?
What Is the School Community's Unifying Philosophy?
A Better Way
What Is the Comprehensive System for Ensuring Success?
What Good Looks Like
Implementation Guidelines
Moving Forward
Principle 3: Collaborative Teaming Focused on Teaching for Learning
The Aim of Collaboration
Four Types of School Cultures
Areas of Collaboration
What Good Looks Like
Implementation Guidelines
Challenges and Solutions
Moving Forward
Principle 4: Data-Based Decision Making for Continuous Improvement
Creating the Climate and Culture of Trust for Effective Data Use
Capacity Building for Analysis of Data
Commitment to Implementation
Possible Uses of Data
What Data Should Be Collected?
Guidelines for Data Quality
Guidelines for Using Data
What Good Looks Like
A Closer Look at Student Assessment
Challenges and Solutions
Moving Forward
Principle 5: Gaining Active Engagement From Family and Community
Building Positive Family and Community Relationships
School as a Community Hub
What Good Looks Like
Implementation Guidelines
Challenges and Solutions
Getting Started
Moving Forward
Principle 6: Building Sustainable Leadership Capacity
Why Build Leadership Capacity? The Job Is Too Big To Do Alone
Shared Leadership Develops Commitment and Yields Higher Student Achievement
Defining Leadership
Building Capacity
Sustainable Leadership
Book Group Discussion Questions
References and Further Readings