Expanding the Reach of Education Reforms Perspectives from Leaders in the Scale Up of Educational Interventions

Author: Thomas K. Glennan
Publisher: Rand Corporation
ISBN: 0833040650
Format: PDF, ePub
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How does one spread a successful educational reform? The essays here recount the authors?' experiences with the scale-up process. Among their lessons are the importance of building the capacity to implement and sustain the reforms, adjusting for local culture and policy, ensuring quality control, providing the necessary infrastructure, and fostering a sense of ownership. The process is iterative and complex and requires cooperation among many actors who must ensure that the results align with goals.

Scaling Educational Innovations

Author: Chee-Kit Looi
Publisher: Springer
ISBN: 9812875379
Format: PDF
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This volume stimulates critical discussions of the different variants of implementation, translation and scaling research approaches. It presents an integrated collection of different implementation and scaling studies that analyse the different facets of co-design, learning design, curriculum development, technology development, professional development and programme implementation. It also provides critical reflections on their impact and efficacies on transforming practices, informing policy-making, and theory derivation and improvement. The chapters in this volume will provide readers a deeper understanding of scaling of educational innovations in diverse socio-cultural contexts.

Teachers Leading Educational Reform

Author: Alma Harris
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 1317247884
Format: PDF, Docs
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Teachers Leading Educational Reform explores the ways in which teachers across the world are currently working together in professional learning communities (PLCs) to generate meaningful change and innovation in order to transform pedagogy and practice. By discussing how teachers can work collectively and collaboratively on the issues of learning and teaching that matter to them, it argues that through collective action and collaborative agency, teachers are leading educational reform. By offering contemporary examples and perspectives on the practice, impact and sustainability of PLCs, this book takes a global, comparative view showing categorically that those educational systems that are performing well, and seek to perform well, are using PLCs as the infrastructure to support teacher-led improvement. Split into three sections that look at the macro, meso and micro aspects of how far professional collaboration is building the capacity and capability for school and system improvement, this text asks the questions: Is the PLC work authentic? Is the PLC work being implemented at a superficial or deep level? Is there evidence of a positive impact on students/teachers at the school/district/system level? Is provision in place for sustaining the PLC work? Teachers Leading Educational Reform illustrates how focused and purposeful professional collaboration is contributing to change and reform across the globe. It reinforces why teachers must be at the heart of the school reform processes as the drivers and architects of school transformation and change.

International Handbook of Leadership for Learning

Author: Tony Townsend
Publisher: Springer Science & Business Media
ISBN: 9789400713505
Format: PDF, ePub
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The International Handbook of Leadership for Learning brings together chapters by distinguished authors from thirty-one countries in nine different regions of the world. The handbook contains nine sections that provide regional overviews; a consideration of theoretical and contextual aspects; system and policy approaches that promote leadership for learning with a focus on educating school leaders for learning and the role of the leader in supporting learning. It also considers the challenge of educating current leaders for this new perspective, and how leaders themselves can develop leadership for learning in others and in their organisations, especially in diverse contexts and situations. The final chapter considers what we now know about leadership for learning and looks at ways this might be further improved in the future. The book provides the reader with an understanding of the rich contextual nature of learning in schools and the role of school leaders and leadership development in promoting this. It concludes that the preposition ‘for’ between the two readily known and understood terms of ‘leadership’ and ‘learning’ changes everything as it foregrounds learning and complexifies, rather than simplifies, what that word may mean. Whereas common terms such as ‘instructional leadership’ reduce learning to ‘outcomes’, leadership for learning embraces a much wider, developmental view of learning.

Handbook of Urban Educational Leadership

Author: Muhammad Khalifa
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield
ISBN: 1442220856
Format: PDF, Docs
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This authoritative handbook examines the community, district, and teacher leadership roles that affect urban schools. It will serve as a foundation for pedagogical and educational leadership practices that foster social justice, equity, and advocacy for those who have been traditionally and historically underserved in education.

Research and practice in education

Author: Cynthia E. Coburn
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Pub Inc
ISBN:
Format: PDF, Mobi
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This book presents findings from a series of interlocking case studies of nationally visible RD projects, with a unique focus on how researchers and practitioners actually worked together, and the policy, social, and institutional processes that either enabled or hindered their work. By investigating the roles played by research and practice in these efforts, the book illuminates lessons for those who seek to do this kind of work in the future. It suggests implications for designers, funders, school and district leaders, and universities.

The Implementation Gap

Author: Jonathan A. Supovitz
Publisher:
ISBN: 9780807748459
Format: PDF, ePub
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Students of educational improvement have long puzzled over why some school reform ideas blossom while others wither away. Based on an in-depth investigation by the Consortium for Policy Research in Education (CPRE), this volume looks at what actually happens when externally designed reforms enter into school environments. How and in what ways do reforms change schools even as schools alter the intent of reforms? What motivates school faculty responses and program designer reactions? This book sheds new light on these important questions by focusing on high schools, the sites of the greatest challenges in current school improvement efforts. From a variety of perspectives, the contributors present a compelling story about high schools that are using a variety of school improvement programs: High Schools That Work, First Things First, Ramp-Up to Literacy, the Penn Literacy Network, and SchoolNet. The book also offers data from a diverse sample of schools, ranging from urban to rural, high performing to low performing, racially homogeneous to ethnically diverse.

Reform as learning

Author: Lea Hubbard
Publisher: Egully.com
ISBN: 9780415953771
Format: PDF, Kindle
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This Book explores the full range of critical issues pertaining to urban school reform by looking closely at the recent reform efforts in San Diego. Drawing on the systemic school reform initiative that was launched in San Diego in the 1990's, this book provides a unique focus on the real action "on the ground" to explore all layers of the school reform process-from leadership in the central office, to work with principals and teachers, to the impact on how teachers worked with students in the classroom. In order to provide an account of the actual enactment of reform, the authors draw on careful ethnographic research collected over the entire four years of the San Diego reforms. They identify not only how teachers, principals, and other district educators were shaped by the large-scale reforms, but also the ways in which the reform unfolded. In doing, the book identifies more broadly how actors throughout a school system can change the views of leaders and impact the larger reform process.