“Educators and policymakers need to add to their toolbox for implementing reform this outstanding new book by Kilgore and Reynolds. It is rare to find such a well-written volume that explains how to reorganize schools into more effective enterprises using clear examples grounded in rich scientific studies. For those faced with how to make things happen and work smarter, this excellent book delivers on both.”
John A. Hannah Distinguished Professor, Michigan State University
Transform your school's culture from the inside out
You're stunned by the increase in student absenteeism this year and wonder what is causing it. There may be multiple factors, but few administrators have the luxury of investigating them all. From Silos to Systems provides specific application steps for engaging all staff in a systematic approach to dealing with the various causes of schoolwide problems. School leaders who have used this approach find numerous benefits:
Teachers have a way for their voices to be heard; Principals spend less time trying to integrate all the concerns of various advisory groups; Strong cross-cutting ties that spur collaboration emerge among teachers; Educators realize more dramatic results from their efforts.
The book also includes current research on developing a positive school climate, improving professional learning opportunities, utilizing data analysis to identify and resolve instructional and behavior issues, and the effective use of technology in schools.
Sally Kilgore talks about using the book:
Each chapter in this second section focuses on one of the six core issues usually addressed by an action team. Each provides a brief overview of the research that can inform the choice of objectives and activities as well as guidance on the initial steps action teams should take to get started.
Both the guiding coalition and action teams need persons to assume three roles: chair, timekeeper, and recorder. We suggest having cochairs, especially at the action team level. Having cochairs helps to ensure continuity of meetings when one of the cochairs is absent, provides two people to help plan meetings, and spreads the responsibility of leadership more broadly across the school. The action team chair is responsible for developing the agenda of ...