School Improvement for Real

Author: David Hopkins
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 1134580681
Format: PDF, Mobi
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As societies continue to set educational goals that are, on current performance, beyond the capacity of the system to deliver, strategies for enhancing student learning through school and classroom intervention have become increasingly important. Yet, as David Hopkins argues in his book, many of the educational initiatives recently developed under the umbrella of school improvement are inadequate or unhelpful. Simply blaming teachers and delegating financial responsibility, he maintains, has little positive impact on classroom practice. This is the bleak context within which school improvement has to operate today. School Improvement for Real offers a genuine alternative: a strategy for educational change that focuses on student achievement by modifying classroom practice and adapting the management arrangements within the school to support teaching and learning. It outlines an approach to school improvement that has a medium term, systemic orientation, providing both principles and suggestions for better practice. The author's experience in the field of school improvement ensures that the text is informed by a practical wisdom that is so often lacking from the more typical managerial texts on improvement and effectiveness.

Effective Leadership for School Improvement

Author: Alma Harris
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 1134701055
Format: PDF, Mobi
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In a complex and multi-layered world, the conventional idea of great leadership being the result of the efforts of a single individual is rapidly becoming redundant. This book takes up the challenge of finding an alternative method of leadership in educational contexts, and looks at how this can help achieve sustained improvement in schools. The authors acknowledge that there are no simple solutions to school improvement. They argue that the effective leaders of the future will be those who are able to share responsibility, build positive relationships and offer stakeholders - teachers, parents and students - an opportunity to work together to improve their schools. The book is based around four key areas of concern: the changing context of leadership, leadership and school improvement, building leadership capacity, and future direction and implications. In each section, the authors discuss current theories and issues, and put forward alternative ideas and perspectives. This important book will make valuable reading for headteachers, principles, deputies and other senior teachers, particularly those undertaking leadership qualifications and training. It will also be of interest to postgraduate students and school governors.

The Challenges of Educational Change

Author: Daniel Linden Duke
Publisher: Allyn & Bacon
ISBN: 9780205360208
Format: PDF
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"I found the comprehensive nature of this book refreshing, instead of focusing in on a limited number of ideas, this scholarly book presents a wide spectrum of theories and research findings that undergird the complexities inherent in educational change." Tony Rigazio-Digilio "Central Connecticut State University" "This is a thoughtfully written text that can easily be utilized in an academic/university setting as well as in the field by practitioners. The use of case studies and storytelling truly complement the author's discussion and ideas." Whitney Sherman "Georgia State University" Drawing on a five-phase model of the change process, this book uses real world examples to examine the discovery, design, development, implementation, and sustaining of educational innovations and improvements. Class and field-tested, "The Challenges of Educational Change" provides the most comprehensive and current examination of research and practice related to educational change. This book is designed for change and reform courses in schools of education as well as policy and organizational behavior courses. It addresses the main challenges of change, including how to lead, evaluate, and explain educational change. In order to effect change, people need to understand how it occurs and what is most and least likely to occur. The book blends practical advice on how and how not to go about educational change with theoretical perspectives on describing, explaining and evaluating change. By learning how to evaluate the process and outcomes, students will gain valuable skills in addition to learning how change is created.

Implementing Change Through Learning

Author: Shirley M. Hord
Publisher: Corwin Press
ISBN: 1452234124
Format: PDF, Mobi
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This definitive guide presents a complete, field-tested program that empowers teachers as partners with their administrators in managing educational reform. Includes supporting materials for change leaders and facilitators.

The Data TeamTM Procedure A Systematic Approach to School Improvement

Author: Kim Schildkamp
Publisher: Springer
ISBN: 3319588532
Format: PDF, ePub, Docs
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This book describes the Data Team Procedure: a method for data-based decision making that can help schools to improve their quality. It involves the use of teams consisting of 4-6 teachers, 1-2 school leaders and a data expert. The members of the team collaboratively learn how to use data to solve an educational problem within the school, adopting a systematic approach. The data team procedure is an iterative and cyclic procedure consisting of eight steps. The data team members are trained in the data team procedure by a coach. The coach visits the data team’s school regularly for a meeting and facilitates working according to the systematic procedure. Teams participate in data analysis workshops for more specific support. Divided into three parts, the book first describes the importance of data use and the data team procedure. Next, it describes two cases. The first case concerns a data team working on a school level problem: Reducing grade repetition. The second case concerns a data team working on a classroom level problem: low student achievement in English language. The last part of the book explains what it means to implement the data team procedure in the school, the conditions needed for implementing the data team procedure, and the factors that may hinder or support the use of data in data teams.

Building a Bridge Between Gifted Education and Total School Improvement

Author: Joseph S. Renzulli
Publisher: DIANE Publishing
ISBN: 0788137123
Format: PDF, ePub
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Intended for those in large school communities who are looking for ways to improve the creative productivity and academic achievement of all students. The Schoolwide Enrichment Model (SEM) provides educators with an adaptable framework for bringing the lasting improvements to education that school personnel have sought for so long. Describes three service delivery components and several organizational components of the SEM that can be used to provide high-level learning opportunities for all students. Glossary. References.

Changing the school culture

Author: Per Dalin
Publisher: Burns & Oates
ISBN: 9780304327454
Format: PDF, Mobi
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How do schools change? What do we know about the change process? Does the individual school have the capacity to change - and under what conditions? This book, based on research carried out at the Oslo-based international school improvement programme, IMTEC, poses, debates and answers all these questions. It promotes the Institutional Development Programme (IDP) - tested for over 15 years in several countries - which is a revolutionary change strategy for schools. Dalin examines thoroughly how it can be adapted in creative ways, with insight, to the particular needs of the school context.

Effective LEAs and School Improvement

Author: Martyn Cribb
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 1134571798
Format: PDF, ePub, Mobi
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Effective LEAs and School Improvement examines the ways in which Local Education Authorities can support and challenge schools to raise educational standards. The book includes case studies of effective LEAs and interludes from heads and governors on their experience of working with LEAs. Effective LEAs and School Improvement enables Local Education Authorities to learn from existing good practice and to reflect upon their current situation and plan ahead to meet future demands. It is essential reading for all LEAs concerned with raising educational standards.