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Everything you need to implement school change that gets results! If you’ve been wondering how to effectively lead and manage results-driven, system-wide implementations, look no further. Internationally recognized education expert Michael Barber explores exactly how to translate policy into practice for long-term, measurable results. Building on his groundbreaking book, Deliverology 101, Barber provides proven methods and clear steps to achieve successful policy implementation and offer practical solutions for reviving stalled reform efforts. New cases studies and embedded links help you develop a delivery “skillset” for building capacity, effective coalitions, and a coherent, flexible plan for implementation. Leaders and staff at both national and local levels will learn to: • Establish a Delivery Unit to set clear, measureable goals and build a reform coalition • Understand delivery through data analysis and strategic progress monitoring • Plan for delivery with explicit, day-to-day implementation planning updated with proven methods from years of practice • Drive delivery with progress monitoring, momentum building, and course corrections • Create an irreversible delivery culture by identifying and addressing challenges as they occur Don’t leave your education policy implementation to chance. Use this new field guide to get your implementation on the right track today!

Introduction: The American Implementation Problem

This is a book about delivering results.

That word—results—is common language in education reform today. It’s an “of course” in the conversation, a given when we think about helping students learn, preparing them for college during their K–12 years, and helping them succeed in postsecondary education and beyond.

What’s more, we (mostly) agree both on the outcomes we want and on the broad shape of the reforms necessary to achieve them. The last several years have been a time of great ferment in education. Race to the Top has prioritized a few key initiatives in nearly every state: rigorous college and career-ready standards, tools to measure and support effective teaching, longitudinal data systems, and a focus on the lowest-performing schools. Postsecondary institutions ...

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