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It is heartening to read about a practical, specific and supportive school review process that begins with true collaboration! Bev Freedman and Raf Di Cecco offer a complete package for educators who crave how to collaboratively guide school improvement from the inside out.

—Lyn Sharratt, Author, Putting FACES on the Data

Say goodbye to top-down evaluations and hello to collaboration and change!

How can you leverage the objectivity of outside evaluators and the knowledge of local educators who understand your school's particular situation to help you drive school improvement? The answer: collaborative schools reviews.

Beverly Freedman and Raf DiCecco show how to design and implement a rigorous and effective school evaluation process, conducted by personnel from within your district in collaboration with your school leadership team. Here you'll find user-friendly guidance for planning and managing every step of the review process, including: A research-based case for how collaborative school reviews transform teaching and learning; Guidance on ensuring that the review process aligns with the district's mission and goals as well as with the Common Core State Standards; Best practices and protocols for creating review teams and conducting onsite classroom observations; How-to's for effectively using data to gain a balanced view of school performance; A composite case study that brings the collaborative school review process to life

This breakthrough book shows how to bring school and district teams together to shape sustainable, positive change and strengthen student achievement.

Introduction
Introduction

Investment in education is not only about money, it's also an investment in people and an investment in the future.

(Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development [OECD], 2011)

Improving Schools Matter

Globally there is an increasing demand for better schools and improved outcomes for all students. The sense of urgency is aggravated by concerns about the future, the current state of internationally linked economies, and the need to ensure that our children will be well positioned in the global market place to become successful and independent. Governments see education as a key strategy and have adopted accountability for educational results as a cornerstone of their political agendas. Improvement is demanded; standards are being enforced. The requirement for evidence about improved student achievement is a fact of life ...

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