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 9: Final Issues
Issues: There is no shortage of challenging education reform issues confronted by public school leaders. The list seems to grow each year. Accountability schemes, educator evaluation programs, standardization of curriculum and assessment, contradictory policymaker expectations, and influences from international testing programs are just some topics that exert political pressure via rhetoric and education reform policy proposals. School leaders must regularly navigate multiple policy issues to remain focused on the daily commitment to providing a quality education to all students.
The array of issues that rain down upon educators can seem overwhelming without a framework from which to make sense of them. The information communicated via the mainstream media and some of the most commonly read education publications sometimes provides unclear, contradictory, or ...