“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 Second C-B Dynamic: Organizational Diagnosis and Coherence
The second C-B dynamic: Organizational diagnosis and coherence

(Prepared in collaboration with Ms. Senthu Jeyaraj)

An institution is like a tune; it is not constituted by individual sounds but by the relations between them.

PeterDrucker (1946, p. 26)
Introduction

The concept of organizational “coherence” is certainly not new, as the 1946 date for our opening quote from renowned theorist Peter Drucker indicates. Nor is it new to think of a school as a piece of music—images of in-tune schools and out-of-tune schools are easy enough to conjure up.

What is new is the understanding that, without a process in place to ensure a high level of “coherence” between key organizational factors, school leaders cannot easily proceed to create the fundamental conditions for sustainable ...

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