School Systems That Learn: Improving Professional Practice, Overcoming Limitations, and Diffusing Innovation
Publication Year: 2013
When school systems learn, professional practice improves and student achievement increases
Picture this: Teachers sharing insights and challenges. Principals leading with trust. Central office leaders inspiring and supporting principals. A synergistic learning system that results in all students succeeding. This practitioner's guide to creating a system-wide learning organization focuses on professional learning as the stimulus to improving student achievement. Experienced superintendents Paul Ash and John D'Auria provide a blueprint to: - Improve schools through system-wide professional learning; - Increase student achievement by instilling a deep-rooted culture of curiosity; - Bolster faculty and staff morale with trust-building initiatives; - Align professional development with student-centered district standards
- Front Matter
- Back Matter
- Subject Index
- Chapter 1: Six Reasons Why School Systems Don't Educate All Students at High Levels
- Chapter 2: The Four Right Drivers of Change
- Chapter 3: The Importance of Trust
- Chapter 4: Collaboration in All Directions—Elevating the Importance of Teamwork
- Chapter 5: Capacity Building for All Educators
- Chapter 6: Leaders at All Levels
- Chapter 7: Why Building a K–12 Learning School System Is So Difficult
- Chapter 8: Whole School System Change and the Diffusion of Innovation
I want to thank my family for giving me love, support, and guidance throughout the writing process, and my colleagues for helping me clarify my thinking. I also want to thank Stephanie Hirsh of Learning Forward, who encouraged me to share my story on how to develop and nurture ongoing educator capacity building that improves learning for ALL students.
—Paul B. Ash
I would like to thank all the educators and students that I have had the good fortune to work with since 1971. What I have learned from them cannot be adequately measured.
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