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The School Improvement Planning Handbook

The School Improvement Planning Handbook Author Daniel L. Duke
ISBN-10 9781610486330
Release 2012-12-27
Pages 296
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To help principals and their school improvement committees develop and implement plans with a greater likelihood of success, the authors offer a step-by-step process for school improvement planning. They go on to pinpoint specific school improvement goals, including raising reading and mathematics achievement, building robust school cultures, addressing the needs of English language learners, improving instruction, and reducing absenteeism and dropouts.



Enduring Myths That Inhibit School Turnaround

Enduring Myths That Inhibit School Turnaround Author Coby Meyers
ISBN-10 9781681238890
Release 2017-05-01
Pages 361
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The concept of school turnaround—rapidly improving schools and increasing student achievement outcomes in a short period of time—has become politicized despite the relative newness of the idea. Unprecedented funding levels for school improvement combined with few examples of schools substantially increasing student achievement outcomes has resulted in doubt about whether or not turnaround is achievable. Skeptics have enumerated a number of reasons to abandon school turnaround at this early juncture. This book is the first in a new series on school turnaround and reform intended to spur ongoing dialogue among and between researchers, policymakers, and practitioners on improving the lowestperforming schools and the systems in which they operate. The “turnaround challenge” remains salient regardless of what we call it. We must improve the nation’s lowestperforming schools for many moral, social, and economic reasons. In this first book, education researchers and scholars have identified a number of myths that have inhibited our ability to successfully turn schools around. Our intention is not to suggest that if these myths are addressed school turnaround will always be achieved. Business and other literatures outside of education make it clear that turnaround is, at best, difficult work. However, for a number of reasons, we in education have developed policies and practices that are often antithetical to turnaround. Indeed, we are making already challenging work harder. The myths identified in this book suggest that we still struggle to define or understand what we mean by turnaround or how best, or even adequately, measure whether it has been achieved. Moreover, it is clear that there are a number of factors limiting how effectively we structure and support lowperforming schools both systemically and locally. And we have done a rather poor job of effectively leveraging human resources to raise student achievement and improve organizational outcomes. We anticipate this book having wide appeal for researchers, policymakers, and practitioners in consideration of how to support these schools taking into account context, root causes of lowperformance, and the complex work to ensure their opportunity to be successful. Too frequently we have expected these schools to turn themselves around while failing to assist them with the vision and supports to realize meaningful, lasting organizational change. The myths identified and debunked in this book potentially illustrate a way forward.



Improving Quality in Education

Improving Quality in Education Author Bert P.M. Creemers
ISBN-10 9781136729829
Release 2013-07-03
Pages 320
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This book explores an approach to school improvement that merges the traditions of educational effectiveness research and school improvement efforts. It displays how the dynamic model, which is theoretical and empirically validated, can be used in both traditions. Each chapter integrates evidence from international and national studies, showing how the knowledge-base of educational effectiveness research can be used for improvement purposes. In a clear and practicable manner it outlines: Foundations of the improvement approach Research projects investigating the impact of the dynamic approach Guidelines and practical solutions to translating the approach into action Further developments for school improvement Exploring the crucial factors in the establishment of this environment, the authors outline a dynamic framework that helps schools collect data, through self-evaluation mechanisms, taking decisions about priorities for improvement, and developing appropriate policies and action plans. This approach emphasises educational targets and provides means to achieve them that are flexible enough to fit in with the circumstances of the individual school. The book draws upon research across the world, conducted especially in the United States, Europe, and Australasia, expertly showcasing how the dynamic approach can be used in a wide variety of educational settings A key book for all professionals working in education; academics, researchers, policy-makers, school advisors and practitioners will find it invaluable. Not only it is a must for graduate students, university libraries, and individual academics but also for school management teams, school support agencies and officials in educational policy.



Differentiating School Leadership

Differentiating School Leadership Author Daniel L. Duke
ISBN-10 9781412970501
Release 2009-11-13
Pages 145
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Use “organizational diagnostics” for applying differentiated leadership to four high-level priorities: preventing school decline, turning around a low-performing school, sustaining improvements, and designing a new school.



Leadership for Low Performing Schools

Leadership for Low Performing Schools Author Daniel L. Duke
ISBN-10 9781475810264
Release 2015-01-15
Pages 196
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This book draws on extensive research by the author and others on the actions needed to turn around low-performing schools. First, however, the book examines the personal qualities needed to undertake the turnaround process.



Creating Safe Schools for All Children

Creating Safe Schools for All Children Author Daniel Linden Duke
ISBN-10 020532018X
Release 2002
Pages 252
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Creating Safe Schools for All Students draws on the latest research, law, and expert judgment to offer educators a comprehensive program for designing safe schools. This book addresses several theoretical perspectives through which readers can come to understand school safety. It also provides a set of standards that educators can use to evaluate their schools and then develop practical and systematic plans for ensuring orderly and caring learning environments. Attention is given to the distinction between preventing violence and promoting safety. For educators or educational administrators.



Insights Into Action

Insights Into Action Author William Sterrett
ISBN-10 9781416613688
Release 2011
Pages 131
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Do you ever wonder whether researchers and professional developers really know what it's like to be a school leader? Do you sometimes struggle to connect articles and conference presentations with the challenges you face day to day? For award-winning educator William Sterrett, the answer to those questions was a resounding yes. So he made it his mission to identify the most important issues facing today's school leaders and offer practical, effective strategies for success. Drawing on his own experience as a teacher and principal and on interviews with nine distinguished practitioners--including Carol Ann Tomlinson, Richard DuFour, Baruti Kafele, and James Popham--Sterrett merges current research and theory with lessons from successful educators who have truly "been there, done that." Each chapter of Insights into Action carefully examines a particular topic of relevance, translating research and experience into replicable, sustainable practices and offering ways to overcome barriers to success. You'll learn * How to be a more effective leader, including ways to turn your school vision into reality, become a learning leader, make professional development more meaningful, and achieve the elusive work-life balance; * How to strengthen your learning community by differentiating instruction and leadership, fostering a positive school climate, and incorporating learning experiences outside the classroom; and * How to face the challenges of today, including ways to infuse technology into your school community, gather and apply useful data, and turn crises both big and small into success for all. Each chapter includes Action Items and In-the-Field Activities to extend the discussion, help you apply the book's insights and strategies, and enable you to realize actual growth in your school. In a job filled with constant stressors and challenges, it's important to have a solid, well-grounded perspective. Insights into Action offers both practical lessons and inspiration to handle whatever comes your way.



Handbook on Restructuring and Substantial School Improvement

Handbook on Restructuring and Substantial School Improvement Author Herbert J. Walberg
ISBN-10 9781607526520
Release 2007-08-01
Pages 137
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(Published in cooperation with The Center on Innovation & Improvement) As suggested by the title, the purpose of this Handbook on Restructuring and Substantial School Improvement is to provide principles for restructuring and substantially improving schools. Sponsored by the U.S. Department of Education, the Center on Innovation & Improvement (CII) engaged leading experts on restructuring and school improvement to prepare modules for this handbook to assist states, districts, and schools in establishing policies, procedures, and support to successfully restructure schools. The Handbook is organized into three sections. The topic of the Handbook’s modules – restructuring with a focus on the district as the impetus for dramatic improvement – is relatively new in the nation’s education history. For this reason, the module authors were selected because they are highly experienced experts in their fields and can be counted on to judiciously weigh the less than definitive evidence and to state useful guiding principles.



Short on Time

Short on Time Author William Sterrett
ISBN-10 9781416618188
Release 2013-10-22
Pages 49
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There's never enough time. Sound familiar? This might be the most common lament voiced by school principals today. How can we find time to meet students' and teachers' needs, foster ingenuity and innovation, and apply best practices when so much is demanding our attention right this minute? School leadership expert and former principal William Sterrett comes to the rescue with practical advice on how principals can make the most of their time to achieve real success. Learn how to * Balance district, instructional, school, and community events and responsibilities. * Communicate about the work of the school in timely, innovative ways. * Maximize instructional time by making smart use of transitions and recruiting teachers to build the school schedule. * Cultivate professional growth by running effective, efficient faculty and PLC meetings and promoting collegial learning through peer observations and collaborative partnerships.



The Transition from Sales and Operations Planning to Integrated Business Planning

The Transition from Sales and Operations Planning to Integrated Business Planning Author George E. Palmatier
ISBN-10 1457518252
Release 2013-04
Pages 112
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Follow Jack Baxter, President of the fictional Global Products and Services, Inc., as he considers the business advantages of evolving Sales and Operations Planning into Integrated Business Planning. Jack takes steps to launch the IBP initiative and, once again, taps Mark Ryan, General Manager, to lead the effort. Advance praise for The Transition from Sales and Operations Planning to Integrated Business Planning. Torkel Rhenman, CEO, Lhoist Group: "Every executive who thinks he or she has control of their business should read this book. In working with George Palmatier, I used Integrated Business Planning to bring the entire executive team together to focus on delivering the turnaround of our business. We set financial and operational performance records for multiple years. I could not imagine running a business without the IBP process." Roger Brooks, former Oliver Wight Principal: "Great book - it certainly relates to clients of mine. This book paints a really good picture of how to evolve the IBP process to concentrate on strategy deployment and financial integration. The Oliver Wight Class A Checklist for Business Excellence; Sixth Edition The Sixth Edition of the Oliver Wight Class A Checklist for Business Excellence is used by companies worldwide to assess their business process performance. Score yourself against industry standard to measure your progress toward excellence. Enterprise Sales and Operations Planning; Synchronizing Demand, Supply, and Resources for Peak Performance - Palmatier and Crum Written in the form of a novel, this book focuses on a leadership team's experience in learning about Sales and Operations Planning. You will learn about the foundation upon which Integrated Business Planning is built. Enterprise Sales and Operations Planning is the precursor to The Transition from Sales and Operations Planning to Integrated Business Planning. For additional products and services or to find out how we can help you on your journey, contact us at www.oliverwight.com.



Self mentoring

Self mentoring Author Marsha L. Carr
ISBN-10 151684579X
Release 2016-01-03
Pages 114
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Self-Mentoring: The Invisible Leader Manual is a supplemental companion to the book, Self-Mentoring: The Invisible Leader. This manual provides methods to self-mentor using page after page of helpful guides. The book and manual are perfect companions.



The New Leader s 100 Day Action Plan

The New Leader s 100 Day Action Plan Author George B. Bradt
ISBN-10 9781119223252
Release 2016-01-20
Pages 240
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Entering a new leadership role? Leading a reorganization or integrating teams? Get better results faster by building and implementing your 100-Day Action Plan Your first 100 days in a new leadership position are critical, as they set the foundation for your team's success going forward. The New Leader's 100-Day Action Plan helps you start gaining traction even before your first day in a new job. The playbook gives you a concrete strategy for getting a fast start—engaging the culture, setting direction, aligning the team, avoiding common missteps, and delivering results. This new fourth edition has been updated with new graphics and downloadable tools, and expanded with new information learned from real-world clients over the past twelve years. Many organizations, regardless of size, industry, or geography, realize that it is strategically imperative to effectively onboard leaders into new roles and combine teams during M&A and reorganization. New thinking for new teams provides ways to get quick results with key business initiatives, and new discussions on cultural fit and evolution to help you better contribute to your organization's success. Updated stories and case studies provide real-life glimpses at how successful leaders navigate tricky situations, and extensive online tools point you toward additional resources as the need arises. 40 percent of new leaders fail within the first eighteen months on the job. When a new leader drops the ball, it's at the expense of the team, the organization, and the leader's track record. Successful leaders start leading and delivering immediately. This book shows you how to start getting results right away and dramatically increase your chances for success—by systematically shaping your leadership with intent. Take control from the start Expect the surprises and avoid the mistakes Manage your message and shape culture Set direction and build an aligned leadership team Fuel momentum and deliver results Your new leadership role begins the moment you accept the offer, the deal is done, or the re-organization is announced. The New Leader's 100-Day Action Plan gives you a concrete framework for successful leadership and a clear roadmap to the critical first 100 days.



The State Role in School Turnaround

The State Role in School Turnaround Author Lauren Morando Rhim
ISBN-10 9781623966720
Release 2014-03-01
Pages 275
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With chapters written by leading researchers and practitioners actively engaged in the work, this Edited Volume examines the role of the state education agency in school turnaround efforts. An emphasis is placed on practical application of research and best practice related to the State Education Agency’s (SEA’s) critical leadership role in driving and supporting successful school turnaround efforts. The Edited Volume is organized around the Center on School Turnaround’s four objectives, with sections devoted to each: 1. Create a ProTurnaround Statutory and Regulatory Environment 2. Administer and Manage Turnaround Efforts Effectively 3. Provide Targeted and Timely Technical Assistance to Local Educational Agencies and Schools 4. Advocate and Lead to Build Support for Local Turnaround Efforts



Qualities of Effective Teachers

Qualities of Effective Teachers Author James H. Stronge
ISBN-10 9781416604617
Release 2007
Pages 198
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Remember those great teachers who made you excited about learning? Remember how it felt to be in their classes and to experience how they made their classrooms come alive? What made those teachers special? What qualities and skills did they have to ignite student learning? Most important, how did those teachers help their students become successful? In Qualities of Effective Teachers, 2nd edition, James H. Stronge shows educators how to recreate this same excitement and enthusiasm in their own classrooms by describing the characteristics and skills of effective teachers. Stronge synthesizes research to identify specific teacher behaviors that contribute to student achievement. Rather than look at outside factors like demographics, district leadership, and state mandates, Stronge focuses specifically on what teachers can control: their own preparation, personality, and practices. Learn how effective teachers *Prepare to be effective educators. *Establish, manage, and maintain learning-focused classroom environments. *Organize time, communicate expectations, and plan instruction. *Present curriculum to support active and engaged learning. *Monitor student progress, identify student potential, and meet the needs of special populations in the classroom. This second edition includes new tips and tools for engaging at-risk students and high-ability students. It also includes skills checklists and an expanded, annotated bibliography to provide a springboard for further insight and exploration. Teachers, educators who hire teachers, teacher leaders, supervisors, and teachers-in-training can all use this book to learn to how to develop better teachers and to improve the quality of learning for all students.



School Improvement for All

School Improvement for All Author Sharon V. Kramer
ISBN-10 1943874824
Release 2017
Pages 169
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In School Improvement for All: A How-To Guide for Doing the Right Work, authors Sharon V. Kramer and Sarah Schuhl present a how-to guide for implementing Professional Learning Community at Work (PLC) practices. They assert that real, sustained school improvement only happens when teachers and administrators collectively center their powers on ensuring all students learn at high levels. The process they describe supports schools that need to improve student achievement but feel they have tried all their options. Kramer and Schuhl advocate continuous improvement by urging school staff to assess their school¿s practices and how they can change these procedures to help students of all skill levels meet academic expectations.



The Transition Handbook

The Transition Handbook Author Rob Hopkins
ISBN-10 0857842153
Release 2014-04-01
Pages 240
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The Transition Handbook is a ground-breaking book that shows how we can move from feeling anxiety and fear in the face of "peak oil" to developing a positive vision and taking practical action to create a more self-reliant existence.



Ten Steps to a Results Based Monitoring and Evaluation System

Ten Steps to a Results Based Monitoring and Evaluation System Author Jody Zall Kusek
ISBN-10 9780821389072
Release 2004-06-15
Pages 264
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This Handbook provides a comprehensive ten-step model that will help guide development practitioners through the process of designing and building a results-based monitoring and evaluation system.