“Frank Crowther and his associates show us how to build the foundation for sustainability. They weave together a powerful conceptual framework, snapshots of schools using the ideas, and activities for getting there yourself. Engagement, clarity, and impact are at the core of this terrific book.”

—Michael Fullan, Professor and Author

Ontario Institute for Studies in Education, University of Toronto

“A very informative book that will assist beginning and seasoned administrators in organizing and restructuring their schools to meet the needs of the 21st century.”

—Belinda J. Raines, Principal

Northwestern High School, Detroit, MI

The definitive approach to achieving long-term school improvement

Will your school improvement plan stand the test of time? Bestselling author Frank Crowther makes a compelling case for capacity-building and parallel leadership as the keys to ensuring sustainable improvement. Based on a recent research study that examined how school leaders collaborated to enhance quality in their workplaces, this book:

Outlines six research-based dynamics for accomplishing lasting results; Provides real-life examples of successful parallel leadership among administrators, teachers, and students; Demonstrates effective capacity building in a variety of settings with case studies and simulations

Everything you need to build a successful and sustainable plan that is rooted in enduring principles is right here, complete with practical examples and proven tools.



Sustained School Success— What We Know, What We Don't Know, What We Need To Know

Without a clear focus on “capacity,” a school will be unable to sustain continuous improvement efforts or to manage change effectively. That we know.

—David Hopkins and David Jackson (2003, p. 87)

Concern for capacity building has been a somewhat controversial topic of inquiry in educational research for more than a decade. The reason for this concern is well captured in our opening quotation by eminent British researchers Hopkins and Jackson.

But what, exactly, is “capacity”? Why is it important? How is it created? How is it sustained? And what forms of leadership underpin it? These questions have, until very recently, been unresolved. Now, fortunately, concrete, encouraging answers are becoming apparent. Taken together, ...

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