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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.

Unpacking the Results: Ensuring Improvement Happens
Unpacking the results: Ensuring improvement happens

We have conceptualized and designed the school review, we have planned how to go about conducting it, and we have followed how three schools went about conducting their school reviews. Now let's look at how to work with the results. What did Lone Birch find out and what can they do about it? This chapter focuses on securing accountability and the four key components related to this function: (1) the accountability structure, (2) analysis, (3) follow-up plan, and (4) monitoring and evaluation of the collaborative school review process.

Figure 6.1 The Accountability Quadrant
Accountability Structure
Roles and Responsibilities

Collaborative school reviews are a component of a comprehensive performance accountability system. This assumes that the district has the ...

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