Learning to Improve

Learning to Improve Author Anthony S. Bryk
ISBN-10 1612507921
Year 2015-03-01
Pages 280
Language en
Publisher Harvard Education Press
DOWNLOAD NOW READ ONLINE

In Learning to Improve, the authors argue for a new approach to education reform that leverages “networked improvement communities” to address high school dropout rates and other core concerns.

Learning to Improve

Learning to Improve Author Anthony S. Bryk
ISBN-10 1612507913
Year 2015-03-01
Pages 280
Language en
Publisher Harvard Education Press
DOWNLOAD NOW READ ONLINE

In Learning to Improve, the authors argue for a new approach to education reform that leverages “networked improvement communities” to address high school dropout rates and other core concerns.

Organizing Schools for Improvement

Organizing Schools for Improvement Author Anthony S. Bryk
ISBN-10 9780226078014
Year 2010-03-15
Pages 328
Language en
Publisher University of Chicago Press
DOWNLOAD NOW READ ONLINE

In 1988, the Chicago public school system decentralized, granting parents and communities significant resources and authority to reform their schools in dramatic ways. To track the effects of this bold experiment, the authors of Organizing Schools for Improvement collected a wealth of data on elementary schools in Chicago. Over a seven-year period they identified one hundred elementary schools that had substantially improved—and one hundred that had not. What did the successful schools do to accelerate student learning? The authors of this illuminating book identify a comprehensive set of practices and conditions that were key factors for improvement, including school leadership, the professional capacity of the faculty and staff, and a student-centered learning climate. In addition, they analyze the impact of social dynamics, including crime, critically examining the inextricable link between schools and their communities. Putting their data onto a more human scale, they also chronicle the stories of two neighboring schools with very different trajectories. The lessons gleaned from this groundbreaking study will be invaluable for anyone involved with urban education.

The Improvement Guide

The Improvement Guide Author Gerald J. Langley
ISBN-10 0470549033
Year 2009-06-03
Pages 512
Language en
Publisher John Wiley & Sons
DOWNLOAD NOW READ ONLINE

This new edition of this bestselling guide offers an integrated approach to process improvement that delivers quick and substantial results in quality and productivity in diverse settings. The authors explore their Model for Improvement that worked with international improvement efforts at multinational companies as well as in different industries such as healthcare and public agencies. This edition includes new information that shows how to accelerate improvement by spreading changes across multiple sites. The book presents a practical tool kit of ideas, examples, and applications.

The Internal Coherence Framework

The Internal Coherence Framework Author Michelle L. Forman
ISBN-10 1682530183
Year 2017
Pages 272
Language en
Publisher Harvard Education Press
DOWNLOAD NOW READ ONLINE

The Internal Coherence Framework presents a system of research-based practices for assessing and developing the conditions that support adult and student learning in schools. Internal coherence is defined as the ability of educators in a school or system to connect and align resources to carry out an improvement strategy, engage in collective learning, and use that learning to provide students with richer educational opportunities. The internal coherence framework featured in the book brings together three important domains of research: leadership for learning, organizational improvement, and instructional efficacy. School or system leaders who progress through this book with colleagues will develop a shared vision for ambitious teaching and learning anchored in the instructional core; organize the work of the leadership and teacher teams to advance this vision; and build psychologically safe team, school, and system cultures to support the risk taking and constructive challenges necessary to move schools or systems to the next level of performance. At the heart of the book is a survey and rubric that can help schools better understand their strengths and weaknesses and the kinds of resources they need to support student learning. The book blends theory and practice to bring tested wisdom to bear on critical issues of education leadership and professional learning.

Design Based School Improvement

Design Based School Improvement Author Rick Mintrop
ISBN-10 1612509037
Year 2016-04
Pages 280
Language en
Publisher Harvard Education Press
DOWNLOAD NOW READ ONLINE

At the heart of the effort to enact and scale up successful school reforms is the need for more robust links between research and practice. One promising approach is design development, a methodology widely used in other fields and only recently adapted to education, which offers a disciplined process for identifying practical problems, assessing evidence of outcomes, accounting for variability in implementation and results, and establishing a foundation for broader understanding of the problem and proposed solutions. This exciting new book provides a practical guide for education leaders who are seeking to address issues of equity in their schools and want to pursue this approach. The book provides a step-by-step description of the process, augmented by case studies of four education leaders: Christine, a middle school principal who is concerned with the volume of disciplinary referrals in her school; Michelle, an elementary school principal who wants to address achievement gaps; Eric, an assistant superintendent who wants to improve the quality of principals' instructional feedback to teachers; and Nora, a high school principal who is concerned about the use of racial and homophobic slurs in the hallways. The book follows each of these leaders as they formulate and refine interventions to address these problems. Design-Based School Improvement also includes a series of "excursions into theory" that discuss the research basis for design-based improvement. The author--a leading thinker about policy implementation and school reform--shows a profound appreciation for the complexity of work in schools and the deep and sustained thinking entailed in undertaking productive change. By bringing theory to life and putting it in the hands of skilled practitioners, this book promises to become an invaluable resource for education leaders seeking to solve problems of equity and social justice in schools.

Improvement by Design

Improvement by Design Author David K. Cohen
ISBN-10 022608938X
Year 2013-12-06
Pages 232
Language en
Publisher University of Chicago Press
DOWNLOAD NOW READ ONLINE

One of the great challenges now facing education reformers in the United States is how to devise a consistent and intelligent framework for instruction that will work across the nation’s notoriously fragmented and politically conflicted school systems. Various programs have tried to do that, but only a few have succeeded. Improvement by Design looks at three different programs, seeking to understand why two of them—America’s Choice and Success for All—worked, and why the third—Accelerated Schools Project—did not. The authors identify four critical puzzles that the successful programs were able to solve: design, implementation, improvement, and sustainability. Pinpointing the specific solutions that clearly improved instruction, they identify the key elements that all successful reform programs share. Offering urgently needed guidance for state and local school systems as they attempt to respond to future reform proposals, Improvement by Design gets America one step closer to truly successful education systems.

Leading for Social Justice

Leading for Social Justice Author Elise M. Frattura
ISBN-10 0761931783
Year 2007-04-18
Pages 307
Language en
Publisher Corwin Press
DOWNLOAD NOW READ ONLINE

A step-by-step process for raising the achievement of English language learners and students with special needs and for integrating schoolwide change through proactive support services that benefit all students.

Teaching as the Learning Profession

Teaching as the Learning Profession Author Linda Darling-Hammond
ISBN-10 078794341X
Year 1999-06-29
Pages 464
Language en
Publisher Jossey-Bass
DOWNLOAD NOW READ ONLINE

"No education topic is more important than how to raise the quality of teaching in America's schools. This book eloquently makes the case for reshaping teacher preparation and professional development to enhance student learning." —Bob Chase, president, National Education Association Leading educational thinkers and researchers deliver an in-depth overview of the issues and challenges facing the teaching profession today. This book is the first in over a decade to synthesize the most important research in the fields of teaching and teacher education. This research is also the basis for recommAndations found in What Matters Most, a landmark report from the National Commission on Teaching and America's Future. The authors explore promising approaches to both policy and practice in teacher learning. They also provide the substance behind policy recommAndations, examining the implications of school reforms for teaching, current knowledge about teacher preparation, and the kinds of learning opportunities teachers will need. Teaching as the Learning Profession includes case studies of innovative approaches to school improvement, principles for better staff development, proposals for the reform of unions, and practical as well as conceptual advice on recruitment, licensing, redefining the teaching career, enhancing diversity, developing leadership, and expanding such innovations as networks and other sustained forms of teacher-to-teacher learning.

Schools That Succeed

Schools That Succeed Author Karin Chenoweth
ISBN-10 1682530280
Year 2017
Pages 229
Language en
Publisher
DOWNLOAD NOW READ ONLINE

Karin Chenoweth shows that turning around low performing schools is difficult work, but the knowledge and expertise needed to do it successfully already exists in various schools.--

From Data to Action

From Data to Action Author Milbrey Wallin McLaughlin
ISBN-10 1612505465
Year 2013
Pages 227
Language en
Publisher Harvard Education Letter
DOWNLOAD NOW READ ONLINE

This book is a welcome guide for educators, civic leaders, and researchers looking for ways to leverage data to identify the most effective policies, interventions, and use of resources for their communities. In the current era of reform, much has been made of the fact that there are many influences that shape children beyond the walls of the schoolhouse. Powerful data "warehouses" have been built to track children and interventions within school bureaucracies and in other social service sectors. Yet these data systems are rarely linked to provide a holistic view of how individual children are faring both in and out of school and which interventions--or combinations thereof--are most promising. Privacy laws and institutional traditions have made such collaborations difficult, if not impossible. Until now. The Youth Data Archive, based at the John W. Gardner Center for Youth and Their Communities at Stanford University, is an effort to blaze a new path to the productive use of cross-agency data now employed by researchers, school officials, and service providers in San Francisco, San Mateo, Alameda, and Santa Clara counties. Editors Milbrey McLaughlin and Rebecca A. London, leaders of the Youth Data Archive, bring together participants who describe the initiative and its challenges and successes. The participants also give detailed background on how the archive was built and how it has led to improvements in services, particularly for children at risk. This book is a welcome guide for educators, civic leaders, and researchers looking for ways to leverage data to identify the most effective policies, interventions, and use of resources for their communities.

Building a Better Teacher How Teaching Works and How to Teach It to Everyone

Building a Better Teacher  How Teaching Works  and How to Teach It to Everyone Author Elizabeth Green
ISBN-10 9780393244151
Year 2014-08-04
Pages 320
Language en
Publisher W. W. Norton & Company
DOWNLOAD NOW READ ONLINE

A New York Times Book Review Notable Book "A must-read book for every American teacher and taxpayer." —Amanda Ripley, author of The Smartest Kids in the World Launched with a hugely popular New York Times Magazine cover story, Building a Better Teacher sparked a national conversation about teacher quality and established Elizabeth Green as a leading voice in education. Green's fascinating and accessible narrative dispels the common myth of the "natural-born teacher" and introduces maverick educators exploring the science behind their art. Her dramatic account reveals that great teaching is not magic, but a skill—a skill that can be taught. Now with a new afterword that offers a guide on how to identify—and support—great teachers, this provocative and hopeful book "should be part of every new teacher’s education" (Washington Post).

The Big Lies of School Reform

The Big Lies of School Reform Author Paul C. Gorski
ISBN-10 9781134607488
Year 2014-03-14
Pages 188
Language en
Publisher Routledge
DOWNLOAD NOW READ ONLINE

The Big Lies of School Reform provides a critical interruption to the ongoing policy conversations taking place around public education in the United States today. By analyzing the discourse employed by politicians, lobbyists, think tanks, and special interest groups, the authors uncover the hidden assumptions that often underlie popular statements about school reform, and demonstrate how misinformation or half-truths have been used to reshape public education in ways that serve the interests of private enterprise. Through a thoughtful series of essays that each identify one “lie“ about popular school reform initiatives, the authors of this collection reveal the concrete impacts of these falsehoods—from directing funding to shaping curricula to defining student achievement. Luminary contributors including Deborah Meier, Jeannie Oakes, Gloria Ladson-Billings, and Jim Cummins explain how reform movements affect teachers and administrators, and how widely-accepted mistruths can hinder genuine efforts to keep public education equitable, effective, and above all, truly public. Topics covered include common core standards, tracking, alternative paths to licensure, and the disempowerment of teachers’ unions. Beyond critically examining the popular rhetoric, the contributors offer visions for improving educational access, opportunity, and outcomes for all students and educators, and for protecting public education as a common good.