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.

Case Study 4 : Recess of the Mind

Case Study 4

Walking in Their Shoes

This case presents a critique of the promising practice of Recess of the Mind to increase overall student well-being and provides school leaders with strategies to capitalize on general mindfulness techniques in schools.

If you ever followed a student around for a day you might have been surprised to find how much time is spent passively sitting and listening. There seems to be a premium placed upon sitting up straight, facing forward, and attending to the teacher. I used to give those exact instructions to my elementary school students (I apologize, class! You were great despite my teaching!). Considering that students can spend more than 350 minutes a day in formal instructional ...

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