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.”

—Barbara Schneider

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:

Why Reframe Professional Lives of Educators?

Why reframe professional lives of educators?

Our interest in reframing the professional lives of educators began some 15 years ago. Working with highly committed and creative teachers as well as dedicated principals who sought to transform their schools, we sensed that the long hours they spent seldom brought the results they wanted. Often, we witnessed frustration and disenchantment. Why couldn't we find a way for educators to overcome the barriers they encounter in realizing the goals they have for the students they serve?

Over the years, we developed a model for designing the professional life of schools that enables educators to work smarter, not more, and achieve the goals they set for themselves and for their students. It is a model ...

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