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The Power Of Experience

Author : Linda K. Wagner
ISBN : 9781475800180
Genre : Education
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Gleaned from interviews with more than fifty principals, this critical source draws on the wisdom and experience of school leaders from across the nation and from select locations around the world.

Successful School Improvement

Author : Fullan, Michael
ISBN : 9780335095759
Genre : Education
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This book examines the powerful concept of implementation - or what actually happens in practice when innovations or reforms are attempted - by demonstrating its uses in a variety of policy and programme applications.

Handbook Of School Improvement

Author : Joseph Blase
ISBN : 9781412979979
Genre : Education
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Capturing insights from 20 successful principals, this illuminating book presents real-world strategies that help school leaders refine their administrative skills and generate dramatic improvements in schoolwide achievement.

Professional Development For School Improvement

Author : Stephen P. Gordon
ISBN : UVA:X004707092
Genre : Education
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Professional Development for School Improvement: Empowering Learning Communities integrates knowledge from professional development and school improvement to describe frameworks that can increase the capacity of individuals, teams, and organizations to grow and develop. The book argues that both professional development and school improvement should have as their primary purpose the improvement of teaching and learning. Eleven frameworks for professional development are presented, along with strategies for integrating multiple frameworks in comprehensive programs. School leader development is addressed as a prerequisite for professional and school development. Leader, cultural, team, and teacher development are described as capacity building functions of professional development. Abundant learning tools such as Case Studies, Chapter Problems, Discussion Questions, Charts, and Summaries in every chapter help reinforce chapter concepts.

Inside School Improvement

Author : Jackie A. Walsh
ISBN : UOM:39015061864032
Genre : Education
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Provides practical tools, activities, and resources to create an improved environment for learning in the schools.

Mental Models Professional Learning Community And The Deep Structure Of School Improvement

Author : James C. Toole
ISBN : MINN:31951P00819406G
Genre : Elementary school environment
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"This study offered an opportunity to explore what happens when seven elementary and middle schools in seven states attempt to foster a school-wide and lasting change in classroom practice. The schools all sought to implement service-learning as part of a nationwide network sponsored by the National Youth Leadership Council and funded by the DeWitt Wallace Readers' Digest Fund and the W.K. Kellogg Foundation. Service-learning is an experiential, largely youth-driven classroom pedagogy that integrates service into the academic curriculum and meets a genuine community need. The conceptual framework for this study sought to identify the deep structure of school change by focusing on the role that teachers' instructional mental models and professional learning communities played in implementation. Implementation was defined as both breadth (i.e., teachers' use) and longevity (i.e., institutionalization). The research design included both quantitative and qualitative measures. Three primary sources of data were used in the stuy--surveys given to all staff members, teacher and principal interviews with significant actors, and focus groups with key service-learning leaders and also non-users. The salient variables differed for implementation breadth and longevity. In understanding why some teachers used service-learning and some do not, users and non-users were not different by age, gender, years at their current school, or teacher commitment. What differentiated service-learning users was their mental models about the nature of teaching and learning. This teacher group also had higher levels of efficacy and displayed a pattern of instructional practices (e.g., using the internet, cooperative groups) that was different than non-users. Teachers who used service-learning also enjoyed a significantly higher level of professional learning community, but that significance was overshadowed by the importance of their beliefs. In the area of institutionalization, professional learning community but not mental models proved to be significant in supporting the long-term sustainability of service-learning. In a comparative case study of two schools, the stronger professional learning community was able to create greater agreement about a shared purpose, more support for change leadership, higher staff participant and ownership, more shared learning, less political conflict, less structural tensions, better communication, and more openness to change"--Leaves v-vi.

Leadership Guide For Elementary School Improvement

Author : Carl D. Glickman
ISBN : 0205064434
Genre : Political Science
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Learn how social workers use their professional expertise to assist people. This text is part of the Connecting Core Competencies Series. The Social Work Experience: An Introduction to Social Work and Social Welfare introduces students to the profession of social work including eight major fields of practice, and provides in-depth discussion of social welfare policy, its history, contemporary issues, and probable future trends. The book helps students understand how social workers use their professional expertise to assist people in solving a wide variety of problems to improve their lives. There are three major parts: The first part, Social Work and its Context, comprises four chapters which introduce the profession of social work, provide theoretical perspectives underlying generalist practice, investigate the concept of social justice, and explore social welfare policy and its history. The second part, Professional Practice Settings, offers an in-depth discussion of eight fields of practice: family and children's services, mental health, health care, schools, older adult services, criminal justice, and developmental disabilities. The third and final part, A Look to the Future, views the profession through the eyes of futurists and explores the challenges and opportunities that await new social workers. A better teaching and learning experience This program will provide a better teaching and learning experience-for you and your students. Here's how: Personalize Learning - MySearchLab delivers proven results in helping students succeed, provides engaging experiences that personalize learning, and comes from a trusted partner with educational expertise and a deep commitment to helping students and instructors achieve their goals. Improve Critical Thinking - Discussions on values, ethics, human diversity, and generalist social work practice throughout stimulate students to think critically about varying issues. Engage Students - Case studies introduce each chapter and are carefully developed to illustrate the myriad of problems that social workers deal with in daily practice. Explore Current Issues - Includes new content on a variety of issues, including policy diversity, the environment, and much more. Apply CSWE Core Competencies - The text integrates the 2008 CSWE EPAS, with critical thinking questions and practice tests to assess student understanding and development of competency. Support Instructors - An Instructor's Manual and Test Bank, Computerized Test Bank (MyTest), BlackBoard Test Item File, MySearchLab with Pearson eText, and PowerPoint presentations are included in the outstanding supplements package. Note: MySearchLab does not come automatically packaged with this text. To purchase MySearchLab, please visit: or you can purchase a valuepack of the text + MySearchLab (at no additional cost): ValuePack ISBN-10: 0205223095 / ValuePack ISBN-13: 9780205223091

Piece Making

Author : Nancy Anne Colflesh
ISBN : MSU:31293015552353
Genre : Educational leadership
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The Principalship

Author : L. Joseph Matthews
ISBN : PSU:000067105113
Genre : Education
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The Principalship allows readers to gain a broader, more complex and accurate understanding of school administrator leadership in today's learning communities while presenting an expansive view of leadership within schools not limited to the responsibilities of the principal, but including those of assistant principals, administrators, teachers, and students. This innovative first edition text presents a complete picture of the principal as school administrator, community builder, advocate, manager, mentor, supervisor, politician, leader and learner. The Principalship covers the importance of learning: the learning of principals, the learning of other professionals, and especially the learning of students. School improvement is not possible without this across-the-board learning and exploration, and this text places a strong emphasis on this simple but often-overlooked aspect of school communities. Today's school systems are faced with a number of fresh challenges: changing student populations, rapidly expanding research knowledge, increasing accountability requirements, federal and state policy demands, and escalating expectations for school services. This book will help aspiring school leaders to bridge the gap between traditional conceptualizations of the principal and more innovative, functional, and multifaceted conceptualizations that respond to the changing conditions and higher demands of contemporary learning communities.

Harness The Power Of Reflection

Author : Ron Nash
ISBN : 9781452237084
Genre : Education
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Elevate your team’s attitude from “whatever” to “whatever it takes” Seasoned educator Ron Nash inspires all school staff members to embark on their own continuous improvement journeys and model that experience for their students. This book provides a framework for individual reflection and evaluation of schools’ processes as part of a professional development program. Included are strategies and examples from successful schools nationwide. The results speak for themselves: Inspired and empowered staff members Active classrooms with engaged students who enjoy school A customer service-oriented culture where parents feel welcome and valued A schoolwide commitment to sustaining improvement efforts

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