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.
Chapter 1: Ethical Context of Education Reform and Compliance
Ethical Context of Education Reform and Compliance
The word reform when used in education reform often implies that something is broken and needs fixing. The rhetoric about the need to reform education in the United States is primarily based on the notion that America’s entire PreK–12 public education system, one of the largest and most inclusive education systems in the world, is failing and needs to be fixed. However, the term education reform is rarely clearly defined by those who call for it.
The term education reform as used in this book aligns with the RAND Corporation’s (n.d.) definition of education reform as “any planned changes in the way a school or school system functions, from teaching methodologies to ...