“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.
The COSMIC C-B Approach: A Prelude
There is no chance that large-scale reform will happen, let alone stick, unless capacity building is a central component of the strategy.
In our introductory chapter, we reviewed global developments in school improvement and also explored significant pioneering initiatives in school capacity building. We learned from our review that capacity building is much more than school improvement; it is school improvement that matters, that works, and, as Michael Fullan put it in our opening quote, that “sticks.”
Our conclusions from our analysis of global capacity-building developments were largely, but not totally, encouraging. On one hand, we concluded, the range of explanatory conceptual models that is now available to educational leaders is very impressive. ...