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 2: Creative Compliance
When school leaders recognize that compliance with a reform mandate might cross an ethical boundary or not be in the best educational interest of all students, or they want to capitalize on a reform in a way that deviates from the mandated implementation, they may choose to engage in creative compliance. Creative compliance takes place when school leaders seek openings or cracks within the bureaucratic and legal structures of a reform where they can influence the implementation at the local level in order to do less harm, do more good, and maintain ethics of caring and justice within the educational community in which they lead.
Creative compliance takes place when school leaders seek openings or cracks within the bureaucratic and legal structures ...