Lead between the lines– evaluate Ed policies to emphasize the positives and minimize the negatives Although educational reform is intended for positive change, sometimes it misses the mark. However, when school leaders capitalize on the positive aspects of reforms they can strategize to ensure the best outcomes for students. Christopher Tienken, professor and international speaker, shares his insights on how to identify both positive and negative aspects of education reform to maximize the benefits for students. This book introduces a practical framework for interpreting educational reform within an evidence-based practice, and provides thoughtful ways to finesse results out of challenging policies. Designed for use on the ground level, this book features: • Seven specific creative compliance strategies to maximize student and educator success • Case studies that illustrate how to critique reforms and take action • Reflective questions to guide evaluation and application • Ethical decision-making checklist Analyzing both successful and unsuccessful reform ideas from the past, this book champions creative compliance and how to lead innovatively/judiciously.



A school leader colleague of mine once told me that, “Like it or not, standardized curriculum content is the law of the land now, and we have to implement it. I don’t like it, but I have to roll it out and make sure the teachers teach it. What can I do?”

Many educators since then have shared that exasperated response with me in one form or another regarding education reforms. Whether it is teacher evaluation, high-stakes standardized testing, standardized curricular mandates, or the many other distally developed education reform proposals, some school leaders seem at a loss for ways to critique education reforms and determine how to take action if they believe a reform is potentially ineffective or how to capitalize on positive aspects ...

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