“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 First C-B Dynamic: Committing to Revitalization
The first C-B dynamic: Committing to revitalization

(Prepared in collaboration with Dr. Marian Lewis)

Until one is committed, there is hesitancy, the chance to draw back, always ineffectiveness … the moment one definitely commits oneself, then providence moves too. A whole stream of events issues from the decision.

W.H.Murray, (The Scottish Himalayan Expedition, 1951, as cited in Gore, 1992, p. 16)

What does it take to climb a Mt. Everest? First and foremost, according to renowned Scottish mountaineer W. H. Murray in our opening quote, it takes commitment. For, he says, “the moment one definitely commits oneself, then providence moves too.”

In our Introduction, we established that many schools are currently operating in extremely challenging conditions, caught in the complexities of change and ...

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